Bolland speaks out

MORRIS DALLA COSTA -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 8:45 AM ET

"I am shocked and embarrassed by the suspension and think that it is unfortunate and ridiculous that because an overzealous linesman chose to manhandle me and throw me around during a scrum that I am now unable to play in my team's next four games.

Because this linesman chose to grab hold of me and swing me around and manhandle me, I am now unable to help my team and teammates with the London Knights as we play in the OHL playoffs. I have played for the London Knights and Team Canada over the past four years and during that time I have played the game with integrity, skill and character. I think it is totally ridiculous that I have been suspended for a situation that would have been completely avoided had the linesman that night chosen to not manhandle me. I never kicked Mike Angelidis in the groin area.

This is totally false. I have a very sour feeling about the situation."

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Ted Baker, the OHL's director of hockey operations and its referee-in-chief, said the league would not have any comment on the statement.

"The league respects David Bolland for his accomplishments," Baker said. "We understand this is an emotional time for him. But the league believes the game officials made the correct call."

Knights assistant general manager Jim McKellar said Bolland will have no further comment on the incident.

"He's a great kid and he wanted some time to reflect," McKellar said. "He's obviously upset, but doesn't want this to continue to be a distraction to the team. He wants to move on, but he wants people to know what he thinks."


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