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04-30-2013, 03:04 PM
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Brian Rolston retires

didn't see anything for this

but, always a class act and very approachable guy. Did some nice things with the Devils

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Brian Rolston, a Michigan-born winger who scored 342 National Hockey League goals playing for five teams, retired from the league after 17 seasons on Tuesday.

Rolston, who made his NHL debut in 1995 playing for the Stanley Cup Champion New Jersey Devils, also had stints in Colorado, Boston, Minnesota and New Jersey for a second time before finishing his playing career in the 2011-12 season, splitting time between the New York Islanders and a second stint with the Bruins. He appeared in all seven games of the Bruins Eastern Conference Quarterfinal loss to the Washington Capitals, notching a goal and two assists.

"Getting the chance to play the game I love for 17 years has truly been a dream come true," said Rolston. "My career has taken me to many great places where I had the privilege to play with some exceptional teammates and in the best league in the world. The memories of all my experiences will certainly stick with me for the rest of my life. I am grateful for the overwhelming support of my friends, family and fans throughout my career."

Rolston was drafted 11th overall in the first round of the 1991 NHL Entry Draft. After attending Lake Superior State, Rolston spent nearly two years with the AHL's Albany River Rats, before being called up to New Jersey for their first championship season and never looking back. Rolston will be noted for having a particularly excellent slap shot, as evidenced by nearly 350 goals, as well as his solid two-way play, learned by playing for many years under Jacques Lemaire.

The Flint, Michigan native also represented the United States in international competition. He played in the 1994, 2002 and 2006 Winter Olympic games, scoring seven goals in eight games at Lillehammer in 1994. He also played -- albeit, only in one game -- on the winning Team USA 1996 World Cup squad assembled by Lou Lamoriello. He also represented the U.S. in the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, and in the 1996 World Championships.
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I always like liked him too....he was one of the few bright spots in the Bruins horrendous and short 2012 playoff run vs the Caps. It was the last time he played.

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Always loved watching him play! Enjoy retirement..

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Last year with the Bruins he didn't take a single shot that WASN'T a slapper.

Loved how he played the game though even going back to his first stint with the team.

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My favorite Rolston moment:


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Screw him.

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Screw him.
What are you, 6?

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He was the modern day Mike Gartner (kind of).... blaze down the wing and finish with the clapper.

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What are you, 6?
Sometimes players react to their situational surroundings.....

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What are you, 6?
He treated my favorite organization like crap, I can dislike him if I want.

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He treated my favorite organization like crap, I can dislike him if I want.
Of course you can...but let's face it, the organization wasn't/isn't the best in the NHL....in fact it was a laughingstock for a while.

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Of course you can...but let's face it, the organization wasn't/isn't the best in the NHL....in fact it was a laughingstock for a while.
Yes, but he was expected to be a leader and gave up on the team when they could've been better. He also complained about not getting enough power play time when he was consistently there on the point at the beginning of the season and was awful. He dogged it here then showed signs of life in Boston, where you can tell he tried.

I don't respect him as a player.

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I always like liked him too....he was one of the few bright spots in the Bruins horrendous and short 2012 playoff run vs the Caps. It was the last time he played.
You like Liked him?

Good player, solid career.

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Great player. He had such a great shot. Wish he played for the CBJ.

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Wish him a very Happy Retirement. At times, i felt he was one of the most underrated players in the league. Had a good career and wish him all the the best in your future endeavours.

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Yes, but he was expected to be a leader and gave up on the team when they could've been better. He also complained about not getting enough power play time when he was consistently there on the point at the beginning of the season and was awful. He dogged it here then showed signs of life in Boston, where you can tell he tried.

I don't respect him as a player.
Rolston was brutal for the Isles and he dogged it. It's obvious when you see the effort level he brought to the Bruins compared to the Isles. I normally didn't have a problem with Rolston aside from his terrible play, but I lost a lot of respect for him when he threw the Isles under the bus complaining of lack of ice time and that he never got a chance here.

That's such hogwash, it's almost insulting. He was a fixture on the PP and he got plenty of minutes from the get go. He produced nothing from that premium ice time and thankfully he was shipped out.

Congrats on a long career Rolston, I just wish you weren't such a weasel at the end. Lack of ice time, classic.

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He played really well when he came to Boston, nearly a point per game. Was one of the few players who had some life in the playoffs, too.

I was hoping we'd re-sign him, he would have been better than Bourque or Pandolfo... Thanks for the two good stints with the Bruins, enjoy retirement.

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In New Jersey his second stint wasn't that great but he was well known around here and well liked

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Of course you can...but let's face it, the organization wasn't/isn't the best in the NHL....in fact it was a laughingstock for a while.
The Islanders basically gave him every shot to play after 3 years of NJ jacking him around. As others pointed out the guy just dogged it for most of the season despite the Islanders giving him every opportunity to play.

To this day I never understand why the Islanders didn't throw Rolston on the 4th line or bench him a few times. It was doubly annoying having to see Nino Neiderietter play on the 4th line with people who couldn't even get him a puck or help him out(Reasoner and Pandolfo), all while Rolston wasn't doing much with better linemates who might be able to help Nino. You think by time it was obvious the Islanders were out of the playoff race they could have had Nino get slightly better linemates and let Rolston rot on the 4th line

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My favorite Rolston moment:


Ah yes, I was at this game right behind Luongo. That goal turned the momentum of the entire game. Rolston tied it up there and then the Wild proceeded to win 5-2.

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My favorite Rolston moment:

So awesome.

Always liked him as a player

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I always respected him from afar as an Islanders fan. But then he came here and treated our organization like crap, as the above poster so eloquently put it. So screw him.

We've been terrible before. Vets haven't liked playing here before when the losing continued unabated. But some guys, like Vanbiesbrouck and Guerin at the end of his run here, were respectful of the team. And some, like Rolston and Kirk Muller, were *******s.

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His biggest feat may have been to squeeze $20M out of Lamoriello as a 35 year old.

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I always considered him an underrated player

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Somewhat consistent second line player throughout his career and a class act.

Enjoy retirement.

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