Brian Rolston Calls It Quits After 17 Years


Mar 22, 2012; San Jose, CA, USA; Boston Bruins left wing Brian Rolston (12) warms up before the game against the San Jose Sharks at HP Pavilion. San Jose defeated Boston 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-USA TODAY Sports

Former Bruins’ player Brian Rolston announced on Tuesday that he has decided to retire from the game of hockey after 17 years in the league. In his elongated career, he has played for five teams, the New Jersey Devils (twice), Colorado Avalanche, Boston Bruins (twice), Minnesota Wild and the New York Islanders.

Rolston’s first stint with the Bruins lasted from 1999-2004. During that time period, he recorded a total of 236 points with 101 goals and 135 assists. His second try with the Bruins came in 2011-12. That year, he played in 21 games recording 15 points with 3 goals and 12 assists.

Unfortunately, Rolston did not end up on a roster this season. No team wanted to take a chance on the 40-year old veteran in this condensed season. He ended his notorious career playing in 1,256 games recording 761 points (342 goals and 419 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.”

He will most be remembered by his deadly slap shot and lightning quick speed. With those skills, he helped the New Jersey Devils win their first Stanley Cup in 1994-95 and also was a member of Team USA in the Winter Olympics in 1994, 2002 and 2006.

Everyone here at Causeway Crowd wishes Brian the best of luck in his future away from the game.