Buffalo Bills legend Jim Kelly looked straight at David Bolland yesterday when he jokingly asked a couple of London Knights about their team enforcer.
Bolland's appearance fit the description of a scrapper with a gash between his eyes and a big bandage covering his bruised left hand, which he injured in Saturday night's 7-5 loss in Barrie.
The 19-year-old forward and Canadian world junior gold medallist bent back his fingers when he fell into the boards after delivering a massive check in the second period. London's second-leading scorer wasn't sure he will recover in time to play in Sault Ste. Marie against the Greyhounds tomorrow night.
"It hurt and I couldn't grip my stick. I played the PP (power play) in the third period (Saturday) and that was it," Bolland said. "We'll have to see how it goes here."
After signing autographs (with his right hand) for the Thames Valley Children's Centre kids at the London Convention Centre as part of the London Sports Celebrity Dinner and Auction, Bolland skipped Knights practice to go to the Fowler-Kennedy Sport Medicine Clinic.
He was expected to undergo another CT scan to check the extent of the damage to the hand.
"They wanted me to go back for more X-rays," Bolland said. "I don't think anything's broken but they want to make sure."
In the same period, Bolland was decked by Barrie's star forward Bryan Little, who was handed an elbowing major and booted from the game. Little, whose 21-game point streak ended with the penalty, played Sunday afternoon against Brampton because elbowing is one of nine infractions which don't warrant automatic suspension before the video is reviewed by the OHL.
The league brass must decide by the end of this week if it will tack on any extra games to Little.
"I'm not one to whine about that kind of stuff and I don't think there was anything to it but he better keep his head up next time," Bolland said. "Those things come around."