Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Brian Rolston
As a teenager, Brian Rolston started his junior career with the Detroit Compuware Junior B's. He didn't have to look very far to find a role model or two. The Compuware's line-up also included future NHLers Eric Lindros and Pat Peake.

According to Rolston, Lindros, at age 16, was already a tower of strength and skill that made everyone on the team reach higher in an effort to imitate the best parts of his game. After a half season of Junior B, Rolston went to play for the Lake Superior State Lakers in 1991. During his two years on campus, he excelled as an NCAA and CCHA All-Star, leading the Lakers to a NCAA championship in 1992.

Rolston also picked up international experience by joining Team USA at the World Junior Championships during both of his years at university. In 1993-94, he hooked up with the U.S. National Team for a year that led to an appearance at the 1994 Olympics in Lillehammer, France. Rolston then closed out the eventful year with the AHL's Albany River Rats, a New Jersey Devils affiliate.

He stayed on with the River Rats for the start of the following campaign, but then got a permanent promotion to the big leagues, joining the Devils halfway into the season. From that moment on, Rolston secured his place in the NHL on the strength of his fine skating, penalty killing, and ability to score short-handed goals.

A member of the U.S. World Championship team in 1996, Rolston stayed on with the Devils until late in 1999 when he was traded to the Colorado Avalanche for Claude Lemieux. Rolston's tenure in Denver was short, however. The Avalanche wanted Ray Bourque quite badly. Part of the price was to surrender Rolston to the Bruins, which they did, in March 2000.

In his first season with the Bruins, Rolston scored a career-high 58 points before bettering that total the following year with 62 on the strength of 31 goals. A silver medallist with the U.S. Olympic team in 2002, Rolston went on to play parts of five seasons with the Bruins, reaching the 400-point plateau during the 2003-04 season before being acquired by the Minnesota Wild in the summer of 2004.

In the 2005-06 season as a member of the Wild, Rolston appeared in all 82 regular season games and recorded new career high in goals (34), assists (45) and points (79). The following season Rolston continued to produce offensively and for the fist time in his career appeared in an NHL All-Star Game. In the summer of 2008, the unrestricted free agent's three-season stint in Minnesota came to an end when he signed his former club in New Jersey.

Rolston failed to find his scoring touch in New Jersey. He would record just 15, 20 and 14 goals respectively in his three seasons with the Devils. In the summer of 2011 he was traded to the New York Islanders in exchange for winger Trent Hunter.

Rolston's time in Long Island would be brief however. After just 41 games for the club, he was traded to the Boston Bruins along with Mike Mottau for Yannick Riendeau and Marc Cantin.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1989-90 Detroit Compuware Ambassadors NAHL 40 36 37 73 57
1990-91 Detroit Compuware Ambassadors NAHL 36 49 46 95 14
1990-91 United States WJC-A 8 1 5 6 0
1991-92 Lake Superior State CCHA 37 14 23 37 14
1991-92 United States WJC-A 7 3 3 6 2
1992-93 Lake Superior State CCHA 39 33 31 64 20
1992-93 United States WJC-A 7 6 2 8 2
1993-94 United States Nat-Tm 41 20 28 48 36
1993-94 United States Olympics 8 7 0 7 8
1993-94 Albany River Rats AHL 17 5 5 10 8 5 1 2 3 0
1994-95 Albany River Rats AHL 18 9 11 20 10
1994-95 New Jersey Devils NHL 40 7 11 18 17 +5 6 2 1 3 4
1995-96 New Jersey Devils NHL 58 13 11 24 8 +9
1995-96 United States WC-A 8 3 4 7 4
1996-97 United States W-Cup 1 0 0 0 0
1996-97 New Jersey Devils NHL 81 18 27 45 20 +6 10 4 1 5 6
1997-98 New Jersey Devils NHL 76 16 14 30 16 +7 6 1 0 1 2
1998-99 New Jersey Devils NHL 82 24 33 57 14 +11 7 1 0 1 2
1999-00 New Jersey Devils NHL 11 3 1 4 0 -2
1999-00 Colorado Avalanche NHL 50 8 10 18 12 -6
1999-00 Boston Bruins NHL 16 5 4 9 6 -4
2000-01 Boston Bruins NHL 77 19 39 58 28 +6
2001-02 Boston Bruins NHL 82 31 31 62 30 +11 6 4 1 5 0
2001-02 United States Olympics 6 0 3 3 0 +3
2002-03 Boston Bruins NHL 81 27 32 59 32 +1 5 0 2 2 0
2003-04 Boston Bruins NHL 82 19 29 48 40 +9 7 1 0 1 8
2004-05 United States W-Cup 2 0 0 0 0 +1
2004-05
2005-06 Minnesota Wild NHL 82 34 45 79 50 +14
2005-06 United States Olympics 6 3 1 4 4 -1
2006-07 Minnesota Wild NHL 78 31 33 64 46 +6 5 1 1 2 4
2007-08 Minnesota Wild NHL 81 31 28 59 53 -1 6 2 4 6 8
2008-09 New Jersey Devils NHL 64 15 17 32 30 +2 7 1 1 2 4
2009-10 New Jersey Devils NHL 80 20 17 37 22 +2 5 2 1 3 0
2010-11 New Jersey Devils NHL 65 14 20 34 34 -6
2011-12 New York Islanders NHL 49 4 5 9 6 -12
2011-12 Boston Bruins NHL 21 3 12 15 8 +7 7 1 2 3 0
NHL Totals 1256 342 419 761 472 77 20 14 34 38


NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team (1992, 1993)
CCHA First All-Star Team (1993)
NCAA West Second All-American Team (1993) Played in NHL All-Star Game (2007)
Traded to Colorado by New Jersey with New Jersey's 1st round pick (later traded to Boston - Boston selected Martin Samuelsson) in 2000 NHL Draft for Claude Lemieux and Colorado's 1st (David Hale) and 2nd (Matt DeMarchi) round picks in 2000 NHL Draft, November 3, 1999. Traded to Boston by Colorado with Martin Grenier, Samuel Pahlsson and New Jersey's 1st round pick (previously acquired, Boston selected Martin Samuelsson) in 2000 NHL Draft for Raymond Bourque and Dave Andreychuk, March 6, 2000. Signed as a free agent by Minnesota, July 8, 2004. Traded to Tampa Bay by Minnesota for Dallas' 4th round pick (previously acquired, later traded to Edmonton - Edmonton selected Kyle Bigos) in 2009 NHL Draft, June 29, 2008. Signed as a free agent by New Jersey, July 1, 2008. Traded to NY Islanders by New Jersey for Trent Hunter, July 28, 2011. Traded to Boston by NY Islanders with Mike Mottau for Marc Cantin and Yannick Riendeau, February 27, 2012. Officially annnounced his retirement, April 30, 2013.
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