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Brian Rolston
Brian Rolston
Right Wing
Number: 11
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 215
Shoots: Left
Born: Feb 21, 1973
Birthplace: Flint, MI, United States
Acquired: Acquired from New Jersey in exchange for Trent Hunter on July 26, 2011
Drafted: NJD / 1991 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 1st (11th overall)
Traded from the New Jersey Devils to the Islanders in exchange for Trent Hunter on August 26, 2011.


Selected by New Jersey in the first round (11th overall) of the 1991 National Hockey League Entry Draft...Traded to the Colorado Avalanche, along with New Jersey’s 1st round choice in the 2000 Draft (later traded to the Boston Bruins - Boston selected Martin Samuelsson), in exchange for Claude Lemieux and Colorado’s 1st (David Hale) and 2nd (Matt DeMarchi) round choices in the 2000 Draft on November 3, 1999. Traded to Boston, along with Martin Grenier, Samuel Pahlsson, and New Jersey’s 1st round choice in the 2000 Draft, in exchange for Raymond Bourque and Dave Andreychuk on March 6, 2000. Signed as a free agent by the Minnesota Wild on July 8, 2004. Signed as a free agent by New Jersey on July 1, 2008.


Scored 34 points (14g/20a) in 64 games with New Jersey during his 16th professional season…Ranked third on the team in goals and fourth in assists and points…Scored 29 of his 34 points in the second half of the season…Finished third on the team in power-play goals (six) and game-winning goals (four)…Ranked fifth amongst forwards in time on ice at 17:36…Recorded six multi-point games, including a career-high (tie) three assist effort on Apr. 1 vs. Phi...Played in the first two games of the season, before missing 14 games from Oct. 11-Nov. 10 with a sports hernia…Activated from L.T.I.R. List, Nov. 12…Placed on waivers on Dec. 14 and cleared on Dec. 15…Assigned to the Albany River Rats (American Hockey League) on Dec. 28 and placed on re-entry waivers on Dec. 29… Recalled from Albany on Dec. 30 after clearing re-entry waivers… Did not dress for two games from Dec. 31 to Jan. 1 and returned to the lineup on Jan. 4 vs. Minnesota...Had 13 points (5g/8a) in nine-games from Jan. 9 to Feb. 3, scoring in seven straight from Jan. 17 to Feb. 3 (4g/5a)...Had points (2g-4a) in 6-of-7 games from Mar. 4-17, including four straight (1g-3a) from Mar. 4-11.

Scored 37 points (20g/17a) in 80 games with New Jersey, finishing fourth on the team in goals…Recorded seven multiplepoint games, including a team season-high four points (2g/2a) on Nov. 28 vs. NY Islanders to match a career high (last time, Mar. 12, 2006)…Totaled points in a season-high five straight appearances from Dec. 11-19 (3g/3a)… Played in his 1,100th game on Feb. 12 vs. Nashville…Missed a game on Mar. 18 at Toronto due to a lower body injury…Posted his 700th career NHL point with an empty-net tally on Mar. 27 at Montreal. 2008-09: Recorded 32 points (15g/17a) in 64 games during his second stint with New Jersey…Eight of his 15 goals came on the power play…Appeared in his 1,000th NHL contest on Jan. 10 at Los Angeles…Scored his 300th career goal on Mar. 14 at Montreal…Missed 18 games from Oct. 18 to Nov. 29 due to an ankle injury. 2007-08: Completed his third season with Minnesota, posting 59 points (31g/28a)…Reached the 30-goal mark for the fourth time in six-seasons…His 28 assists were tied for fifth on team, while his 59 points ranked third…Led Minnesota with 28 power play points; was tied for first with 11 goals and second with 17 assists…Also finished tied for first on the team with a career-high/franchise-record-tying eight game-winning tallies…Recorded 11 multiple-point games, including two season-high three-point efforts…Recorded goals/points in a season-high/franchise-record six straight games from Jan. 21 to Feb. 5 (6g/1a)…Reached the 600 point mark with a goal on Dec. 18 vs. Nashville…Served as Wild captain in November. 2006-07: Tied for the Wild lead with 64 pts (31g/33a)…Led the team in goals and ranked first on team with 13 power-play goals…Scored a franchise-record 34 power-play points…Finished ninth in the NHL with a career-high/team-record 305 shots on goal…Named team captain for October, November and January…Made his first-ever appearance in an NHL All-Star Game and notched four points (2g/2a) and a plus-five mark…Recorded a season-high six-game point streak from Oct. 14-27 (7g/2a)…Posted his 300th career assist on Dec. 9 vs. Chicago…Missed 3 games February 6-10 with the flu, marking first action missed with Wild; absence snapped career-high 232 consecutive games-played streak (Mar. 9, 2003 - Feb. 3, 2007). 2005-06: Established career-high/team-record (since surpassed) 79pts (34g/45a) in first season with Minnesota…Also set career highs in goals, assists and penalty minutes (50)…Led team with career-high plus-14 rating and 15 power-play goals; also led the squad with five shorthanded tallies…Finished tied for first on the club with 20 multiple-point contests and seven game-winning goals…Was one of only two players (W. Walz) on the Wild roster to appear in all 82 games; appeared in every game for fourth time in his NHL career…Served as team captain for the month of Feb.…Named winner of Minnesota’s Three Stars Award…Posted his second career hat trick on Nov. 5 vs. San Jose…Recorded his 200th career goal on Dec. 3 at New Jersey…Set the franchise record for most points in a month with 12 (8g/13a) in December.…Recorded a season-high eight-game point-scoring streak from Jan. 18-31 (5g/7a)…Matched his career high with four points (2g/2a) to reach 500 points in his NHL career on Mar. 12 vs. Edmonton…Tied a franchise record with a five-game goal streak (since surpassed) on Mar. 21-29 (5g/2a). 2003-04: Appeared in 82 games during his fourth and final season with Boston, notching 48 points (19g/29a)…Matched his career-high with a five-game assist streak from Nov. 1-14 (5a). 2002-03: Tied for third on Boston with 59 points (27g/32a)…Was second in the NHL with five shorthanded goals and led the league with seven shorthanded points …Played in his 600th NHL game on Dec. 8 at NY Rangers…Recorded his 200th NHL assist on Feb. 19 at Carolina. 2001-02: Scored 62 points (31g/31a) with a plus-11 mark during his third and most productive season with Boston…Led the league and set the Bruins franchise record with nine shorthanded goals…Finished third in the league with a career-high 331 shots on goal…Registered a season-high six-game scoring streak from Dec. 15-28 (5g/4a), including a five-game goal stretch from Dec. 15-26 (5g)…Played in his 500th NHL game on Oct. 23 at Toronto. 2000-01: Finished his second season in Boston with 58pts (19g/39a)…Tied for second in the NHL with four shorthanded assists…Posted his 100th NHL goal on Dec. 30 at Tampa Bay…Missed five games from Oct. 29 to Nov. 5 with a rib injury. 1999-00: Played for three NHL teams – Devils, Avalanche and Bruins – and finished with 31 points (16g/15a) in 77 games…Appeared in his 400th game on Mar. 10 at Carolina…Recorded his 200th NHL point six days later in Chicago…Missed three games January 29-February 3 with an ankle injury. 1998-99: Turned in his most productive season with New Jersey in his sixth year with the team, playing in all 82 games and notching 57 points (24g/33a) with a plus-11 mark…Had points in a career-high/team-season-high nine straight games from Apr. 3-17 to close out the regular-season schedule (5g/6a)…Led New Jersey and tied for the NHL lead with five shorthanded tallies…Had ten multiple-point games overall, including three two-goal games…Appeared in his 300th NHL game on Jan. 26 vs. Ottawa. 1997-98: Scored 30 points (16g/14a) in 76 games during his fourth professional season with New Jersey…Did not attend training camp; re-signed on Oct. 3…Made his season debut in Oct. 8 home-opener vs. Philadelphia… Appeared in his 200th NHL game on Nov. 28 at San Jose…Posted his 100th career point with a goal on Jan. 7 vs. Pittsburgh…Led the Devils for the second straight season with two shorthanded tallies. 1996-97: Finished fifth on New Jersey with forty-five points (18g/27a) during his third professional season …Played in 70 straight games to begin the season; did not dress March 19, marking his only game missed…Posted his first career hat trick on Nov. 16; scored all three goals in the third period…Was second on the club with 237 shots on goal. 1995-96: Posted three points (1g/2a) in seven games before a fractured right foot forced him to miss 11 straight games (Oct. 25 - Nov. 16); suffered the injury in the fifth game of the year on Oct. 17 vs. Edmonton and played in the next two games…Scored his first career shorthanded goal on Jan. 23 vs. Los Angeles…Tied for the team lead with a plus-9 rating. 1994-95: Was a member of New Jersey’s 1995 Stanley Cup
Championship squad…Began his first professional season with Albany (AHL) during the NHL lockout, netting 20 points (9g/11a) in 18 games…Recalled to New Jersey on Feb. 5 and made his NHL debut that night vs. Pittsburgh…Went on to play in 40 of last 41 New Jersey games, netting 18 points (7g/11a). 1993-94: Began the season on New Jersey’s roster, but did not dress for first three games and was assigned to Albany on Oct. 11…Posted four points (2g/2a) in six games with Albany before being loaned to the U.S. Olympic Team on Nov. 2.…Following the Olympics, was returned to Albany on Mar. 5 and had six points (3g/3a) in 11 games.

Tallied two goals and an assist in five games with the New Jersey. 2008-09: Appeared in seven games for New Jersey, finishing with two points (1g/1a). 2007-08: Had a career-high six
points (2g/4a) in six post-season appearances for Minnesota. 2006-07: Notched one goal and one assist in five games with the Wild. 2003-04: Had one goal in seven games with Boston. 2002-03:
Appeared in five games for Boston and finished with two assists. 2001-02: Tied his career-high of four goals and added one assist in six games with Boston. 1998-99: Scored one goal in seven
games with the Devils. 1997-98: Recorded one goal in six appearances with New Jersey. 1996-97: Posted a career-high in post-season goals with four and added one assist in 10 games with New
Jersey. 1994-95: Made his Stanley Cup Playoffs debut with the eventual Stanley Cup Champion New Jersey Devils. Saw action in six playoff games and had three points (2g/1a). Scored both goals in
conference finals vs. Philadelphia, while his assist came on the Cup-clinching goal vs. Detroit. 1993-94: Appeared in five Calder Cup Playoff games for Albany, notching one goal and two assists.

Represented the United States at the Olympics in Turin, Italy, notching four points (3g/1a) in six games. 2005: Skated in two games for the U.S. at the World Cup of Hockey in the U.S. and
Canada. 2002: Appeared in six games for the U.S. at the Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah, tallying three assists. 1997: Was a late addition to Team USA’s roster for the inaugural World
Cup of Hockey tournament and appeared in one game. 1996: Won a Bronze Medal with Team USA at the 1996 World Championships in Vienna and had seven points (3g/4a), including the overtime
goal in the medal-clinching game vs. Russia. 1995: Represented the U.S. in eight games at the World Championships in Sweden, scoring three goals and four assists. 1994: Made his Olympic debut
in Norway, scoring a team-high seven goals in eight games. 1993: Tallied eight points (6g/2a) in seven games at the World Junior Championships in Sweden. 1992: Notched three goals and three assists in seven games at the WJC in Germany. 1991: Made his international debut for the U.S. at the WJC in Saskatchewan, Canada, scoring one goal and five assists in eight games.


In two seasons at Lake Superior State (CCHA), helped the Lakers advance to the NCAA title game…Only time missed in 1992-93 was due to time spent with the U.S. National Junior Team in Sweden… Became Lake Superior’s first ever first-round NHL draft choice when selected by New Jersey 11th overall.




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