Leafs' Bolland won't join Hawks for White House visit

Dave Bolland looks for a pass during Leafs practice at the Mastercard Centre in Toronto Friday...

Dave Bolland looks for a pass during Leafs practice at the Mastercard Centre in Toronto Friday October 18, 2013. (DAVE ABEL/QMI Agency)

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:53 PM ET

David Bolland means no disrespect.

But he’s been there, done that.

This Monday, the 2013 Chicago Blackhawks will be honoured for their June Stanley Cup victory over the Boston Bruins with a visit to the White House in Washington, where U.S. President Barack Obama will pay tribute to coach Joel Quenneville and his team.

But there will be one member of the NHL champions who will not be on hand for the occasion.

It just happens to be the guy who scored the Cup-winning goal too.

Although he did receive an invite to the festivities in the U.S. capital on Nov. 4, Mimico’s Bolland has politely declined to go.

This, however, is no Tim Thomas-like political statement. Not in the least.

“It’s flattering, but I’m a Toronto Maple Leaf now,” Bolland told the Toronto Sun. “Besides, I’ve already been there once.

“It’s a nice gesture but I’m not going to go. I hope the boys have fun.”


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