Ex-Devils Forward Brian Rolston Retires After 17-Year NHL Career

NHL Player Brian Rolston
National Hockey League player Brian Rolston retires with 342 goals and 419 assists in 1,256 regular-season games. Photographer: Damian Strohmeyer/Sports Illustrated via Getty Images

April 30 (Bloomberg) -- Former New Jersey Devils forward Brian Rolston retired today, ending a 17-year National Hockey League career that began with the franchise’s first Stanley Cup championship.

Rolston, 40, announced the decision today in an e-mailed statement through the NHL Players’ Association. He retires with 342 goals and 419 assists in 1,256 regular-season games.

“Getting the chance to play the game I love for 17 years has truly been a dream come true,” Rolston said in the release. “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.”

Rolston was selected by the Devils with the No. 11 draft pick in 1991 and broke into the league with the team during the 1994-95 season, helping New Jersey to the Stanley Cup title. He was traded to the Colorado Avalanche in 1999, and was dealt four months later to the Boston Bruins.

The 2000-01 season, Rolston’s first full year in Boston, marked the start of seven consecutive campaigns with 48 or more points with the Bruins and Minnesota Wild. An All-Star in 2007, he returned to the Devils in 2008, before finishing his career with the New York Islanders and Bruins in 2011-12. He didn’t play in the most recent NHL season.

“I really enjoyed playing with Brian over the course of nine seasons,” Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur said in the release. “As a player, he was instrumental in a lot of the success we had in New Jersey, including our first Stanley Cup, and I can’t say enough about the leadership and passion he brought to our team.”

Rolston represented the U.S. in three Winter Olympics, winning a silver medal in 2002 at Salt Lake City.

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