Brian Rolston has retired from the NHL after a 17 year career as a power-forward,
Rolston was drafted in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft by the New Jersey Devils as their second pick in the first round. Prior to his NHL career, Rolston played for Lake Superior State University (where as a freshman he scored the game-winning goal and earned Most Outstanding Player honors in the National Championship game, which his team won), then the Albany River Rats of the AHL. Rolston was one of four players who was traded from Colorado in the 2000 deal that sent the Bruins’ Ray Bourque to the Avalanche. He had one of his best seasons in 2001–02 with the Bruins, posting a then career high 62 points, including nine shorthanded goals.
The 40-year-old native of Flint, Mich., played in 1,256 games over 17 seasons with New Jersey, Colorado, Boston, Minnesota and the New York Islanders. He finishes his career with 342 goals, 419 assists and 761 points, including 79 points during the 2005-2006 season with the Minnesota Wild. After a poor performance on the Islanders in 2011-2012 where he only scored 9 points, Rolston was traded from the New York Islanders back to the Boston Bruins along with Mike Mottau in exchange forYannick Riendeau and Marc Cantin. He was not brought back to Boston this season and wouldn’t sign a deal with another club before retiring today.
Internationally, he represented the United States at three Winter Olympics (won silver in 2002), three World Juniors (bronze in 1992) two World Cup of Hockey tournaments and one world championship (bronze in 1996).
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