Dave Bolland calls the Sedins ‘sisters’; please let this be the end

Dave Bolland is no stranger to these parts. For three straight postseasons, the Chicago Blackhawks’ centre has played the role of archnemesis to the Sedins perfectly, hacking, slashing, and chirping with seeming impunity. Needless to say, the Sedins find him distractingly easy to hate and, as a result, so do Canuck fans.

Tuesday, Bolland made it even easier, drawing the ire of Canuck nation during an appearance on WGN Radio 720′s Blackhawks Live. Asked by co-host Andrea Darlas (at about 29:00), “If the Sedins ever become Hawks, will they still be Sisters?”, Bolland responded thusly:

They’ll never be Hawks, I don’t think we’d let them on our team, that’s one thing. We’d be sure not to let them on our team. Yeah, they’d still be sisters. They probably sleep in bunk beds, the older one on the top, younger one on the bottom.

Needless to say, Canuck fans didn’t like this very much. Outrage spiked on Twitter, where you’d have thought Bolland sawed the head off of Lord Stanley in Stanley Park.

My reaction to this is twofold. First, as a source of regular fan outrage, it’s really pretty tame. It’s not as though we didn’t already know that Bolland disliked the twins, and furthermore, nothing Bolland said has even a shred of originality. From the false bravado of refusing the Sedins as hypothetical teammates to the insinuation that they’re man-boys that sleep in bunkbeds to the oh-so clever swapping of “Brothers” for “Sisters”, Bolland may as well have been reading from a script a decade old.

And this was drivel when it started back in the aughts.

Furthermore, if it wasn’t already apparent from the somewhat leading wording of the question, he was doing a fluff radio gig. It was recorded before a live studio audience. He was trying to be funny and he was playing to the crowd, who had been being fed “Sedins are Sisters” lines for a half-hour at that point by host Dave Kaplan.

The last thing Bolland was going to do was be a buzzkill and dryly admit the twins were one-of-a-kind, superstar hockey players that, while he dislikes for tribal reasons, he’d love to have on his team. Frankly, I don’t think anybody involved in this conversation was capable of this sort of postmodern thinking. More than likely, it just would have been misconstrued as sympathy for the devil.

Suffice it to say, all things considered, these comments are very easy to shrug off.

But on second glance, as common as the “Sisters” remark is, it’s rare to hear it come from the mouth of a player, at least on the record, and it’s problematic.

I’ve spoken about the sexism and idiocy of calling the Sedins “Sisters” in the past, and I’ll gladly explain my issue with this jab again: let’s imagine, for a moment, that the Sedins were indeed women.

Nevermind that their two Art Ross trophies and two league MVP awards would be downright legendary — would it be acceptable to mock them for their gender? Is there something wrong with women playing hockey?

Of course not. The notion that it’s appropriate to insult male athletes by declaring them women is so unbelievably ignorant and backwards that anyone who perpetrates it simply outs him (or her) self as a loathsome half-wit.

That it could possibly be construed as acceptable, in 2011, to compare someone to a minority group for the purposes of disparaging their worth is mind-blowing.

Didn’t we just recently endure a controversy in which one player allegedly called another a “f*ggot”? Did we not collectively determine that this garbage was not okay? And, if I recall, it wasn’t just that it’s not okay to use an offensive, derogatory term such as that one — it’s also not okay to insinuate that there’s something wrong with being a homosexual in the NHL, no?

Now, unless we’ve decided that homosexuals are an especial minority (which seems decidedly counterintuitive), isn’t the underlying insinuation that it’s not okay to be a woman in the NHL just as bad?

Of course it is. And we need to stop condoning it, especially when it comes from the mouth of the players. “Cindy” Crosby is just as bad. “Lauren” Pronger is just as bad. Are there others? They’re just as bad.

Now I’m not calling for Bolland to get suspended or fined for these comments, because he really was just playing along with a bit. But I do think that it’s about time that we stopped “playing along” with this nonsense, and making a little noise this time around is a good start.

There are a lot of women involved in the game of hockey these days at every level. They watch the game, they care passionately about the game, they spend money on the game. Hell, the question that led to this diatribe was put to Bolland by a woman.

But the tacit claim inherent in this common, lazy insult — that it’s laughable that women might also play the game — needs to die and it needs to die immediately. Because we’re past it.

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71 comments

  1. cambo
    December 14, 2011

    Cry us a river Harrison. The picture of Boland and H or D Sister say’s it all, a little tap and their on the ground.

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    • DanD
      December 14, 2011

      Aww, I think cambo just needs a hug! And a lesson on the use of “they’re” vs. “their.”

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    • FrancoL
      December 14, 2011

      1) ‘Says’, not “say’s”
      2) ‘They’re’ on the ground, not “their” on the ground.
      3) An ice rink doesn’t not have a “ground”. It has ice.
      4) I see you’re a fan of Justin Timberlake

      Perhaps you would benefit from visitng these websites:

      http://www.m-w;com
      http://www.oxforddictionaries.com

      They’re great. I use them all the time.

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  2. cam beau
    December 14, 2011

    “Like” zero and “dislike” zero
    Does destroy our ego hero.
    And why you even bother to
    Still read his shit I can’t construe.

    He is all so vitriolic,
    Caused perhaps by croup or colic.
    Whate’er the cause I know the cure:
    One should ignore the immature.

    Where one would offer sympathy,
    Mayhap a dose of apathy
    Will bring the end that each one wants:
    A surcease to his empty taunts.

    Perceptive trollers you should read:
    To childish chumps just pay no heed!

    Cam Beau

    Postscript: The correct homonym is “they’re” which only proves I read this drivel. Perhaps a plethora of “dislikes” to put it from one’s view is an answer.

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  3. Sarah
    December 14, 2011

    Yay for sexism! If they’re going to call players weak can they do it a different way than simply calling them women? Maybe puppy dogs, or kittens, or Raggedy Ann/Raggedy Andy…I’m sure there are other options. It’s pretty old to just say “hey..girls name….must be weak…where’s your skirt…etc.” It’s not funny and it’s quite rude.

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  4. zach
    December 14, 2011

    Bolland will continue to ride the Hawks train and act like he is a “piece of the puzzle” like every other 4th liner/agitator out there. Daniel and Henrik have each tallied about as many points in one season as Bolland has in his entire career. I think that sums it up right there.

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    • Matt93
      December 14, 2011

      Incorrect. Bolland is a 2nd/3rd line centre and plays PP and PK. Far from a 4th line player. Suck it up. Bolland has a Stanley Cup ring while the Sedin sisters do not

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      • Sara
        December 14, 2011

        Obviously you missed the point of this article. It doesn’t matter which players you love or hate. It’s 2011 and it’s time to stop using comparisons to women as an insult. Thanks for continuing to promote sexism in sports.

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        • zach
          December 14, 2011

          Not sure if that last one was directed at me or not, but it is 100 percent inappropriate to use women as a means of degrading other people – that said Bolland is about as classless off the ice as he is on it, and its about time that the NHL and the other governing bodies does something about players being publicly sexist, racist, homophobic or otherwise. Sara’s right, it is 2011.

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      • zach
        December 14, 2011

        Last time I checked, 3 was pretty close to 4, in fact its a little closer than 3 is to 1. And, just when I thought I had heard them all, you come back with the classic “no cups” chirp. I have never heard that one before, what a classic. Do you write your own material? stupid question… I’m sure Bolland does it for you. Go troll some place else, why even read this blog if you aren’t a Canucks fan.

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      • John Andress
        December 14, 2011

        Bolland has a Stanley Cup ring won for him mainly through the efforts better hockey players on his team. The Sedins between them have two Art Ross Trophy’s, one Hart Memorial (MOP selected by his peers) and two Olympic Gold Medals. Dave Bolland has how many individual accolades? Exactly zero. So I think that the Sedins stack up pretty well in comparison to a non-entity like Bolland. But then again I am using rational and logical thinking here. Reality has little, if anything, to do with Bolland’s comments. Mr. Mooney is correct though. It is inappropriate in modern society to use the term woman to belittle another human being. But I am quite sure that Matt93 and his ilk are totally incapable of comprehending a concept of that sophistication.

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  5. bergberg
    December 14, 2011

    I’ll be honest, as a woman, I am not really offended by the “you throw like a girl” type remarks. Are they silly and childish? Sure. But I don’t really see them as hurtful. Maybe I’m not feminist enough, I don’t know.

    But what does bother me is the full on hatred for the Sedins and Canucks from the rest of the league and sports media. I do think that a rivalry between two competitive teams is good, but shouldn’t everyone enjoy the rivalry because it makes for good hockey? I think competition on the ice is more than possible without being fuelled by hatred in the media. There is enough hatred in this world that hockey is the last place we need it.

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  6. Shantini
    December 14, 2011

    Here, here

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    • Peps
      December 14, 2011

      Hear, hear ……

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  7. Rituro
    December 14, 2011

    I’m not sure which part of this moronic “sisters” jab I hate more: the sexist part or the fact it’s a decade old.

    Also, as a Canadian, Bolland should remind himself that calling a male hockey player a “sister” or “girl” as a slur is doubly insulting. Think about all the world-class women who have proudly worn the maple leaf. Hayley Wickenheiser, Cassie Campbell, Danielle Goyette, Cherie Piper, Kim St. Pierre… any of those names ring a bell? Are you really going to imply that those (or any, but specifically those for this argument) female hockey players are “lesser” players?

    When she still played hockey, my youngest sister’s favourite shirt to wear under her gear was “Canadian Girls Kick Ass”. Damn straight. Keep your sexist crap to yourself; our women kick just as much ass as our men.

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    • Kate
      December 14, 2011

      Agree with you so much! I thought of Hayley Wickenhesier right away too…no offence Dave Bolland but I’m pretty sure she could kick your ass in hockey, and life in general. Using females as an insult is so backwards, I overheard a guy in my Greek and Roman Studies (GRS people…generalization, but you’d think the guys in that class would be a little more sensitive) talking about how the Sedins are ‘soft europeans’, ‘don’t care about winning the cup’, and ‘couple of sisters’ and I just wanted to ask him how he knew this, and when his opinion became complete and utter FACT. But no, not worth the time. Anyways keep doing your thing Sedins, and Bolland…do whatever it is you do.

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  8. Joe
    December 14, 2011

    The thing that bothers me the most about this is that it’s not even remotely creative. How bad are you at talking trash that you have to rehash the same stuff from ten years ago. Surely, you can come up with something better than “the sisters.” The thing I love is Bolland pretending that Hawks management wouldn’t bring in the Sedins in a heartbeat if they could, fantastic stuff.

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  9. Cathylu
    December 14, 2011

    I don’t know very much about Dave Bolland, and I certainly don’t know him personally, but he gives all hockey players a bad name. And I want to call him a bad name (I had several in mind) but I won’t. I feel sorry for our Wolves that they have to live and play in that town.

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  10. shoes
    December 14, 2011

    Dave Bolland dresses in mini-togas and carries plates of peeled grapes down to the officials room between periods.

    Milbury and Maclean started this and Recchi and Bolland have jumped on like little tiny, tiny parrots. Sad and pathetic…………the last two leading scorers being called out publicly by 4 men whose collective IQ would not reach room temperature on a chilly night.

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  11. kate
    December 14, 2011

    Yes, a woman did ask Bolland that question, as well the person doing the interview called them Sisters. However, Bolland himself use the words unprompted twice as well.
    Regardless of whether it was meant as a joke or to get a rise from the crowd, it was still a blatantly sexist bunch of remarks, by all three involved. And the causal nature of such comments is also alarming.

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  12. warren
    December 14, 2011

    Good Article.

    Hard to believe that some of the ownership, and the NHL, still tolerate the Milburys, Bollands and McLeans type of commentary. The women posting here are being very polite.

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  13. rob
    December 14, 2011

    I agree with the majority (above), just consider the source.

    I do have stronger feelings towards the mentioned CBC myth that the Canucks are the most hated team in hockey. Every game I have watched, there is a “Canuck Nation” following….sometimes in the thousands.

    The Canucks have been playing world class hockey for several years now. The NHL says that’s what it wants, but then the standards are changed in the playoffs to reward thuggery vs skill.

    While Milbury and McLean are both paid shills with an obvious and simple bias, they do have the mikes and the audience to perpetuate their myth.

    THAT is what I would like to see stopped….especially on a CANADIAN and TAX PAYER funded communication service.

    RWJ

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  14. Lynsey
    December 14, 2011

    First, as a female hockey fan and athlete I appreciate your post. When I was in 8th grade I got to run the 1600 with the boys because the girls didn’t provide a competitive race. One race I was turning around the final corner in 2nd place and the buddies of the boy leading said, “don’t let a girl beat you!” This provided me with all the motivation I needed to start my kick and beat him. Point of the story: if hockey players don’t wanted to be treated as immature and unintelligent they need to stop acting like middle schoolers.

    Second, I’m tired of the argument that just because the person got “baited” by the host their comments are less egregious. Shouldn’t the like od Recchi and Bolland be smart enough to realize that? I think they are but they choose to “play to the crowd” and get the laugh instead of be respectful with their words.

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  15. Matt93
    December 14, 2011

    Typicaly Canucks fans to get riled up by this. They are just words, deal with it. Do you think the Sedins are bothered by it, probably not. Come back when the Sedins have a Cup ring like Bolland does!

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    • cathylu
      December 14, 2011

      So I guess having a cup ring entitles someone to be an Adam Henry (that’s police lingo for an ….well you figure it out). You can come back when Bolland has an Art Ross – which BOTH of the Sedin’s have. And I find it interesting that Wikipedia says Bolland’s nickname is “The Rat”. LOL

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  16. J21
    December 14, 2011

    Here’s what I don’t get — it is extremely clear why the Sedins might not like Bolland, what with his effectiveness in shutting them down and the hacking/slashing, etc. What, exactly, does Bolland have to hold against the Sedins themselves? Apart from general reciprocity, what have they done which harms him in any way? (Hell, they’ve pretty much made him a household name in the NHL). It’s like, say, Pat Buchanan going out of his way to hate me, purely because I don’t like him — even though I’ve never done anything to him.

    And to broaden the question — the Sedins are quiet, classy players. When people attack them, it’s the usual canards of perceived inadequacies in their game — “softness” (read: “not Canadian”), not playoff players (read: “not Canadian”), etc. But the idea that they are inherently dislikable or somehow p!ss guys off on the rink just doesn’t make any sense to me. How could a couple of talented “nice guys” realistically be unpopular around the league, or how could anyone not want them on the team?

    Anyway, prepare ourselves for the familiar victim-blaming theme: jackass opposition players mouthing off to the media and epitomizing “classlessness”, but it will be the Canucks endlessly harped on in the media… most hated, worst fans, classless, etc. This is getting ridiculously tiresome.

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    • Chazz Ranger
      December 14, 2011

      The best thing about the internet? How it brings out so many pathetic dipsh!ts spewing unintelligent garbage that they would never have the balls to say to other peoples’ faces, like a child hiding in the bushes throwing rocks at passing cars.

      I’m a fan of good hockey. I have my favorite teams, and favorite players on various teams. Some teams and players I don’t like so much. But repeatedly insulting players and teams you don’t like because you’re a flaming homer, just to get the ire of another team’s fans, makes you a bottom feeder of the internet. You need a more constructive hobby, little boy.

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      • cambo
        December 14, 2011

        Can I get you a kleenex? Go hug a tree brittle boy. The majority of the comments are from the bandwagon jumping homers that have had far too much losing in the Nucks 40+ years of futility. Enjoy it, there is alot more losing to see.

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        • bergberg
          December 14, 2011

          is it tiring to troll so hard?

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    • tj
      December 14, 2011

      Yes, I’ve often noticed that so many raging diatribes about ‘class’ and ‘classlessness’ in hockey are from characters distinctly lacking themselves in said class. These are the kinds of folk who quite literally don’t understand the meaning of ‘class.’ Just some more tiresome hockey tropes.

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  17. PT
    December 14, 2011

    The problem with David Bolland is that any effectiveness or distinction that he might enjoy is predicated 100% on his ability to break the rules with impunity. The effectiveness the twins have is their ability to excel within the rules, ie: play hockey. The further the game gets from being called according to the rulebook, the less effective the twins will be and the more effective David Bolland will be. Now certainly this has a negative effect on the twins in the playoffs, and for Canuck fans it’s obviously very frustrating. But, having said that, I’m not sure why this is used as a reason to vilify the twins and make heroes of players like Bolland and Marchand, as we’ve seen done on both American and Canadian television alike.

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  18. anon 1974
    December 14, 2011

    Canuck Hissy Fitter anon262010686 wrote—“Bolland is the Mad Slasher. Bolland is the Norman Bates[Psycho] of Hockey. His team mates shouldn’t take a shower when Bolland is near by”

    Typical pansieyish Canuck tantrum and over reaction. Actually, your darling pacifist angel Henrick Sedin has 32 minutes in penalties (many high sticks and slashes) and that doesn’t include his vicious slashes to the hand of Nash last night that weren’t called by the semi comatose refs.
    Bolland—the so called “Norman Bates pstcho, Mad Slasher” has only 22 minutes in penalties.

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    • tbone007
      December 14, 2011

      How many minutes does Bolland play compared to the Sedins ?

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  19. tj
    December 14, 2011

    Oh, and another ‘btw’… The response to Bolland’s remarks over at your other workplace pretty much made me never want to read that blog ever again. Glad to see this well-considered post on the issue here. Thanks for the intelligent read.

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  20. lj
    December 14, 2011

    Dave Bolland has as much originality as Harrison Mooney, but at least he’s got a Stanley Cup.

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    • Harrison Mooney
      December 14, 2011

      In my defense, I’ve never tried to win a Stanley Cup.

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  21. PD
    December 14, 2011

    there’s no shortage of meatheads in the NHL. meatheads are not bad people necessarily, not stupid necessarily, but boys/young men still caught up in the posturing of puberty. calling each other names, blaming others when they fail, generally getting caught up in the machismo. it’s inevitable in pro sports, and by and large the players i like best are those who -beyond what they do on the ice- seem to be grounded and mature people. i count the sedins among them.

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  22. Char
    December 14, 2011

    For the record, I am not a fan of the Sedins. And I applaud this post, and wish we heard this sentiment from more sports commentators. Using “woman” as an insult is offensive, period. And in light of the many very tough women I know, grossly inaccurate.

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    • peanutflower
      December 14, 2011

      Why are you not a fan of the Sedins? Who wouldn’t be?

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  23. SteveB
    December 14, 2011

    Both Bolland and our resident troll need to get new material.

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    • shoes
      December 14, 2011

      Bolland and our resident troll are probably the same person…nobody talks to the pin-head and trolling gives his life meaning.

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  24. BeCanucks
    December 14, 2011

    Thank you. I have no problem with chirping, but I’m fed up with sexism. How is that so hard to understand?

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  25. cambo's conscience
    December 14, 2011

    no I neber get tired of troling. this is much better and easyer than searching for a job, trying to get laid, or as my sisters always yell at me, getting a life. why should i keep wasting my time trying to get things ill never have anyway?

    i wish this is the only thing i ever do in my life. HA!

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  26. Gary Styles
    December 14, 2011

    I prefer to call them the “Back-to-back Art Ross-winning, Hart trophy honoured, Ted Lindsay MVP recipient voted on by the players, President’s Trophy leading Captain and Assistant, future Hall of Famers.”

    I will admit my version doesn’t roll off the tongue the same way though…

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  27. Doug Bruce
    December 14, 2011

    A couple of quiestios for Dave Bolland..

    1. how many points do you have this year, last year, and in your career???

    2. How many individual awardsa have you won in the NHL??

    3. What are the chances you’ll ever be on that All Star team, win a skills competition, or make the Hall of Fame???

    Answers…

    1. 11, 37, 128

    2. ZERO

    3. NEVERN NEVER, AND NEVER..

    ‘nuf said..

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  28. peanutflower
    December 14, 2011

    I’m answering the Twitter poll from Steve_Dangle: No, I’m not offended by the Sedins being called “sisters”. I am offended however by the Sedins being insulted in any way by anyone, no matter the context or insult. I mean, how is it possible to dislike Henrik and Daniel on a personal level, or to even take any issue at all with their play? These guys are two of the best players in the NHL right now and by the time they’re done (hopefully not too soon) they’ll be two of the best player EVER to play. They are unique, and as a girl Canucks fan I’m ever so glad I have had the opportunity to watch the Sedins grow into the people and the players they are.

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  29. shoes
    December 14, 2011

    The thing I find disturbing most about Milbury, Recchi and now Bolland calling out roughly the same thing…..is the lack of official response from the NHL and NHL sanctioned media, like TSN, CBC and Sportsnet in Canada. These are not fans, these are members of the inside group and they are acting and sounding like idiots. Sure they make ratings on the “hits” of internet sites, but that hardly means much in the image dept. People like Bob Mackenzie and some of the more serious hockey journalists have disappointed the carp out of me.

    As a Vancouver fan, I could care less about what Bolland and Recchi, but it strikes me as odd that both have the Canucks in their heads after winning the cup. Milbury, I sort of feel sorry for, as he tries to act like a professional journalist, and misses the mark by about the same distance a bedroom slipper would miss it by. Maclean simpers more and more each day and should get some meds, but if this keeps up and I see no defense out of the Vancouver media and other national as to both the character and the hockey skill of the Sedins…..I will be seriously wondering if the entire establisment is trying to drive these guys down before they do win a cup and prove them all wrong.

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  30. shoes
    December 14, 2011

    One thing, if Bolland thought he should stick close to his hotel in Vancouver before, he might want to stay even closer now. Vancouver fans are passionate and a weenie like Bolland would be easy fodder.

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  31. joe
    December 14, 2011

    Is there something wrong with women playing hockey? only if its on tv

    pretty preachy, best to stick with hockey and not sociology.

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  32. peanutflower
    December 14, 2011

    okay, the PITB site changed WHILE I WAS WRITING MY POST. that freaked me out. Where are the like buttons? Have we grown beyond that? I kind of liked them…

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    • Harrison Mooney
      December 14, 2011

      Ha. It’s a work in progress. Give us time.

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  33. Nucksalltheway!
    December 14, 2011

    I liked AV’s response, and the classy way the Canucks shrugged off the verbal spearing of Bolland. Just adding even more motivation to beating their arses.

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  34. rob
    December 14, 2011

    please revive the like/dislike link. It matters.

    thanks

    RWJ

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  35. Rickey Deez
    December 14, 2011

    The funny thing is that guys like Matt93 and the rest of the Canuck haters including Bolland (lol easy to talk trash now that Ryp has passed, didnt say one word before that as you know first hand how bad he would have beat your ass….like the many times before ;P LOL) is that they cheer for garbage teams and its pure jealousy at this point. Yeah your oilers or flames won some cups 25-30 years ago when you were 2 years old but since then nothing lol. As for Bolland he just has to stay relevant it must be frustrating knowing the equipment manager could replace you at any second…. 2/3 liner lol PK, PP lol I dont think so check the lineups buddy…

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  36. soon to be jailbird
    December 15, 2011

    Time for someone to kill Ron Maclean, Millllbary

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  37. Ginger
    December 15, 2011

    As a woman who plays hockey (albeit not well) I am so sick of the sister nickname. It is archaic and rude, and everyone who said it needs to die is right. I play on a coed team and none of the guys ever talk down to me or make me feel inferior because I am a girl. They are all very supportive and encouraging. Actually one of the best players on the team is a girl. Bolland is a troll and people are right, he’s only known because of this whole Sedin thing. I’ll the take the Sedins any day. They may not lay out huge checks or fight, but there is nothing better than watching their creativity and the seemingly impossible plays that they make. I have no idea why they are so disrespected in this league. 2 Art Rosses, a Hart and a Lindsay and they still get treated like nobodies. They are also stand up guys and give back so much to the community, and I’d rather have them representing my team anyway.

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  38. Anony
    December 15, 2011

    Last time I checked, Henrik and Daniel are not fictional cartoon characters, they are human beings. They both have families, children, parents and friends who will hear about Bollands comments. To hear comments like that, from a fellow NHL player, out of nowhere, would be hurtful to any player and their families. I wish theses wannabe spotlight seekers, like Bolland, would think about the ramifications before they speak.

    Additionally, I can’t imagine any NHL player going on a radio station and saying things like that about Giroux, Crosby, Stamkos, or Ovi. Yet, that’s the company Henrik and Daniel keep.

    Karma evens the playing field in life, and yes, in hockey. Bolland will get his in one way or another.

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  39. Jimmy Chu
    December 15, 2011

    We should start a RIOT over Bollands sticks and stones remark.

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  40. getoveritalready
    December 15, 2011

    PEOPLE ! are you all so thin skinned that this has become an issue. The sexist reference aside, has anyone on this post actually played organized hockey, baseball,football etc. The man doesn’t have the talent of a top player. The Blackhawks don’t count on him to score 50 goals or 50 assists.They use his ability to get under other star players skin to throw them off their game.(See 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs).Bolland is valuable in doing to players what this article has done to a portion of the Vancouver fanbase.ANY true follower of the sport knows what he was doing in that radio bit.Just playing it up to the ticketbuying,merchandisewearing CHICAGO fans.From who the salary he makes is paid for.Of course Chicago would love to have the twins on our team.He sure as hell isn’t going to put them on a pedistal when he is IN CHICAGO ON A CHICAGO RADIO STATION. He needs to learn that in todays internet media those comments aren’t limited to Chicago fans. So enjoy the rivalry.It’s the ire in you that brings you to these threads in the 1st place. And PLEASE stop trashtalking cities because of an off-the-cuff hockey quote. I have been to Vancouver and think it is a beautiful city.As is my hometown of Chicago. My wife and I will be attending that game between the two teams in January. Please don’t make me have to defend myself or my wife on a vacation trip over silly hockey comments on both sides.Enjoy the ride while it’s here.Realignment to me is going to ruin some of my favorite rivalries. GO HAWKS!

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  41. RUSerious?
    December 15, 2011

    Bolland is not a respected player, even his own team refers to him as “The Rat”. There’s team bonding for you… If the Blackhawks had the chance to get the Sedins, Bolland would be gone before they could say “find a new nest.” He should have learned from Carcillo’s foot in mouth rant at the Canucks prior to the season, which made him and the team look like a joke when the Canucks crushed them in their first game. They seemed to have learned, kept their mouths shut and then won the next game. Looking forward to the next game on Jan. 31! Oh and as for his comments on Vancouver, as a port city we have rats at docks, he should go down there and hang out with his own kind!

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  42. 'NufSaid
    December 15, 2011

    Doesn’t matter what team you cheer for, it’s just really sad that in 2011 a “professional” would go actually say things like this. Kids look up to these guys (rightly or wrongly) and with the results of bullying actually causing some of these bullied kids to end their own lives is so wrong. This just adds fuel to that fire. Very sad, because you know that some boys are going to be tormented further because they think it’s OK. What an example. Blackhawks are such a “classy” organization, Carcillo, Kane and now Bolland. Wow, feel bad for the kids of Chicago. Thankfully Toews hasn’t messed up…yet.

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  43. tj
    December 15, 2011

    You know what would be awesome–or not, if the Sedins actually *adopted* the nickname, but in that 1990s really bad ebonics-tinged b-grade movie ‘Sistahs’. Doin’ it for themselves, natch.

    Okay. Maybe not.

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  44. Big Dude
    December 15, 2011

    Arh do me a favour and spare me the political correctness lecture. PITB is normally right on the money but trading this twaddle was 4 minutes of my life I will never get back. If ithe line of thinking encouraged by this article is followed then every disparaging remark ever said is discriminatory in some way to some group or other. Grow a thick skin. At 6’6 I get a lot of sizist remarks made to me but who cares! Lets all sit on our hands and not look at anyone in case it upsets them. FFS.

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    • Harrison Mooney
      December 15, 2011

      Sizist? Well, that’s hardly the same thing.

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  45. Big Dude
    December 15, 2011

    How is it not the same, pray tell? Although I’m not surprised in the least you replied like that. Having used the phrase ‘loathsome half wit’ in an astoundingy sanctimonious article barking on about not offending folk, is that not offensive to those less mentally gifted than the majority? Terribly two faced of you, if I may say so without upsetting any persons with multiple personality disorder. Get a grip, Harrison.

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    • Harrison Mooney
      December 15, 2011

      You’re absolutely right. Tall men have suffered all the same hardships as women, blacks, Jews, and homosexuals. Thank God we finally allowed tall men to marry, abolished the enslavement of the tall, ended that nasty tall persons’ genocide, and repealed the discriminatory height restrictions on voting.

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  46. Big Dude
    December 15, 2011

    Yeah great. You carry on with your moral hand wringing and meanwhile I’ll spend my time reaching things from high supermarket shelves for people and answering questions ’bout the weather up here. Life’s tough, son.

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    • Harrison Mooney
      December 15, 2011

      Both those things are probably extremely annoying. I wouldn’t know. I’m short. But don’t be silly — nobody’s questioning your worth as a human being because you’re tall. Heck, most studies show that tall people have sizeable advantages (no pun intended) in everything from getting dates to being elected president.

      That said, it is well within your prerogative to find my take sanctimonious. Hopefully you’ll enjoy the next thing I write a little more. Cheers, Big Dude.

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  47. Big Dude
    December 15, 2011

    Well I could hardly enjoy it less. I bid you good day. Cheers mate.

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  48. mickey
    December 16, 2011

    i love it bolland in your head still

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  49. Cathylu
    December 17, 2011

    I know this issue has been just about beaten to death but the L.A. Times had to resurrect it for me. I open the sports section to look at the hockey news and there are only two photos. One is a tiny photo of Teemu Selanne and the other is a larger photo of Niklas Hagman and DAVE BOLLAND! Booooooo! He’s not the guy I wanted to see in my newspaper today. Well maybe I can use it for the center of a dartboard.

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