Brian Rolston retires after 17 NHL seasons

Brian Rolston retires after 17 NHL seasons
April 30, 2013, 5:15 pm
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Brian Rolston has officially retired as an NHL player after a 17-year career that included two stints with the Boston Bruins.

Rolston ended last season with the B's after a late-season trade from the New York Islanders and finished on a high note, with 3 goals and 15 points along with a plus-5 in 21 games for the Black and Gold. However, he didn’t find any NHL employment this season once the lockout was over in January. The 40-year-old finished with 761 points in 1,256 regular-season games with the Devils, Avalanche, Bruins, Wild and New York Islanders, and won a Stanley Cup with the Devils in 1995.

Rolston could have a bright future as an NHL coach with his brother, Ron, taking over as head coach of the Buffalo Sabres midway through this season, or he might just be ready for some down time after a brilliant pro hockey career.

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