Posted by: Adventures in Pucking | March 7, 2012

Men of the Day 3/7: Brandon Bollig and Andrew Shaw

Today I decided to profile two Blackhawks rookies who are quickly becoming favorites among the fans. Their careers are short, but they’re certainly making their mark!

Brandon Bollig

Born January 31, 1987 (age 25) in Saint Charles, Missouri, USA

Center for the Chicago Blackhawks

Brandon played for the first time in front of a (practically) hometown crowd last night! He played for the USHL’s Lincoln Stars before entering Saint Lawrence University, where he played for three years (he was undrafted) before being signed by the Blackhawks for two years in 2010. He was immediately assigned to the Rockford IceHogs, where he made a name for himself as an enforcer because of his size. When John Scott was traded to the New York Rangers, he was called up to fill the gap that Scotty had left (a very big gap, to be honest). In his first game, he got in his first fight – now that’s the way to introduce yourself to Blackhawks Nation! He may not have any points yet, but we still love him.

Andrew Shaw

Born July 20, 1991 (age 20) in Belleville, Ontario, Canada

Center for the Chicago Blackhawks

Here’s a #ShawFact for you:Shawsie was the Blackhawks’ fifth round pick in 2011 after playing for the Owen Sound Attack and Niagara IceDogs in the OHL. After training camp last fall, he was assigned to the Rockford IceHogs and was called up with Jimmy Hayes to play at the Madhouse on January 5 of this year. Like Brandon, he said hello in a big way – he got into a fight on his first shift of his very first NHL game! After getting some stitches, he came back to action and promptly scored his first goal (too bad he didn’t get an assist for the Gordie Howe hatty). After a few more games he was sent back to Rockford, but with our recent bout of injuries, he was brought back. And yes, he scored a goal on his return game! Blackhawks fans hope he’ll stick around next season  – like he said in his own #ShawFacts tweet, he loves Chicago and doesn’t want to leave.

Can you tell why I love this picture?

– Krista


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