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(CBS) The Blackhawks haven’t played the Canucks in nearly a month and they won’t face them until Jan. 31, but that doesn’t mean the rivalry isn’t as hot as ever.
Speaking on a WGN Radio show, Blackhawks forward Dave Bolland took a couple jabs at the Sedin twins, saying:
“They’ll never become Hawks. I don’t think we’d let them on our team. We’d be sure not to let them on our team. And, yeah, they probably still would be sisters. I think they might sleep in bunk beds. The older one has the bottom one, the younger one got the top.”
Bolland was later asked if he hated all the Canucks or just some of them, to which he responded: “I hate all of them.”
The comments caught the ire of Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault whose tactics and past comments are big reason why the rivalry is as big as it is today.
“When you have comments like Bolland’s, obviously an individual whose IQ is probably the size of a bird seed and he’s got a face that only a mother could look at,” Vigneault said.
Bolland backtracked Wednesday, however, saying:
“I’ve got the utmost respect for the Sedin twins and for Alain Vigneault and all the Vancouver Canucks. It was just a little bit of tongue-in-cheek that we had at the little radio show with some of the fans. I’ve got the utmost respect for Vancouver and what they do and what they do on the ice and how they do it. Both of us have a great rivalry going during this season.”