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Born February 21, 1973 (1973-02-21) (age 36),
Flint, MI, U.S.
Height
Weight
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
214 lb (97 kg; 15 st 4 lb)
Position Left wing, Right wing, Center
Shoots Left
NHL team
F. teams
New Jersey Devils
Minnesota Wild
Boston Bruins
Colorado Avalanche
Ntl. team  United States
NHL Draft 11th overall, 1991
New Jersey Devils
Career 1993 – present

Brian Rolston (born February 21, 1973 in Flint, Michigan) is a professional ice hockey player for the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League.

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Playing career

Rolston is considered a utility forward, as he can play as a centre, left wing and right wing competently. The 6'2', 214 pound forward is best known for his highly regarded two-way ability.

Rolston was drafted in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft by the New Jersey Devils as their second pick in the first round. He has played for the New Jersey Devils, the Colorado Avalanche and the Boston Bruins. He scored a then career high 62 points, including nine shorthanded goals in 2001–02 with the Bruins. During his career, he has scored a total of 33 shorthanded goals.

Rolston signed with the Minnesota Wild as an unrestricted free agent on July 8, 2004, though his debut with the Wild didn't take place until the 2005–06 season due to the 2004–05 NHL lockout. Rolston often quarterbacked the Minnesota Wild's powerplay (a task normally given to a defenseman) due to his booming shot from the point and strong two-way ability. During the season, he was an on-ice leader and was one of the Wild's top scorers, scoring a new career high of 79 points. He was named as team captain for the Minnesota Wild for February, October, November 2006 and January 2007. During 2006–07, Rolston scored three goals (one on a penalty shot and two in overtime shootouts), using a slapshot from the slot. Rolston's shot is also known for making Anaheim Ducks goaltender Jean-Sébastien Giguère duck for cover.[1]

He won a Stanley Cup Championship with the New Jersey Devils in 1995, and the World Cup of Hockey in 1996 playing for Team USA. In the Salt Lake City Olympics of 2002, he won the Silver Medal playing for the United States men's hockey team.

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 has represented the United States of America three times in Olympic competition for ice hockey.

Rolston was selected for the 2006–07 NHL Western Conference All-Star Team. During the game, Rolston scored two goals and added two assists.

On June 29, 2008, Rolston's negotiating rights were traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning in return for a conditional draft pick in 2009 or 2010.[2]

On July 1, 2008, New Jersey signed Rolston to a four year deal worth $20 million.

Brian has three sons, Ryder Scott, Brody and Stone.

Brian's older brother is Ron Rolston, who is currently coaching the US under 18 team at the 2008–09 IIHF.

Awards and achievements

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1991–92 Lake Superior State Lakers CCHA 41 18 28 46 16
1992–93 Lake Superior State Lakers CCHA 39 33 31 64 20
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 6 2 1 3 4
1995–96 New Jersey Devils NHL 58 13 11 24 8
1996–97 New Jersey Devils NHL 81 18 27 45 20 10 4 1 5 6
1997–98 New Jersey Devils NHL 76 16 14 30 16 6 1 0 1 2
1998–99 New Jersey Devils NHL 82 24 33 57 14 7 1 0 1 2
1999–00 New Jersey Devils NHL 11 3 1 4 0
1999–00 Colorado Avalanche NHL 50 8 10 18 12
1999–00 Boston Bruins NHL 16 5 4 9 6
2000–01 Boston Bruins NHL 77 19 39 58 28
2001–02 Boston Bruins NHL 82 31 31 62 30 6 4 1 5 0
2002–03 Boston Bruins NHL 81 27 32 59 32 5 0 2 2 0
2003–04 Boston Bruins NHL 82 19 29 48 40 7 1 0 1 8
2005–06 Minnesota Wild NHL 81 34 45 79 48
2006–07 Minnesota Wild NHL 78 31 33 64 46 5 1 1 2 4
2007–08 Minnesota Wild NHL 81 31 28 59 53 6 2 4 6 8
2008–09 New Jersey Devils NHL 64 15 17 32 30 7 1 1 2 4
NHL totals 1041 301 365 666 402 65 17 11 28 38

International play

Olympic medal record
Men's Ice hockey
Silver 2002 Salt Lake City Ice hockey
Year Team Event GP G A P PIM
1994 United States Oly 8 7 0 7 8
1996 United States WCH 1 0 0 0 0
2002 United States Oly 6 0 3 3 0
2004 United States WCH 2 0 0 0 0
2006 United States Oly 6 3 1 4 4

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External links

Preceded by
Willie Mitchell
Minnesota Wild captains
February 2006
Succeeded by
Wes Walz
Preceded by
Wes Walz
Minnesota Wild captains
Oct/Nov 2006
Succeeded by
Keith Carney
Preceded by
Keith Carney
Minnesota Wild captains
January 2007
Succeeded by
Mark Parrish
Preceded by
Pavol Demitra
Minnesota Wild captains
November 2007
Succeeded by
Mark Parrish
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