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Brian Rolston
Brian Rolston
Right Wing
(RAWL-stuhn)
Number: 12
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 215
Shoots: Left
Born: Feb 21, 1973
Birthplace: Flint, MI, United States
Acquired: Signed as a free agent with Minnesota on July 8, 2004.
Drafted: NJD / 1991 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 1st (11th overall)
Career: Has played in 896 NHL games in parts of 12 seasons with New Jersey, Colorado, Boston and Minnesota scoring 255 goals and 575 points (255-320=575) to go along with 319 PIM...One-time All Star has registered 126 multi-point games...Owns 65 PPGs, 52 GWGs and 32 SHGs...2006-07: Co-led the Wild in scoring with 64 points (31-33=64)...Led the team in goals and was fourth in assists...Ranked first on team with 13 PPGs and 34 PP points, which is a single-season team record...Ranked second on team TOI/average (21:16)...Wild were 16-0-0 when he tallied multi-point games...Ranked tied for ninth in NHL with 305 SOG and broke his own single-season franchise record...Tied the franchise-record for goals at home with 19...Named team captain for months of October, November and January...Made first-ever appearance in NHL All-Star Game and notched two goals, two assists and a +5 rating...Tallied two goals including the GWG and assist vs. CBJ (10/14)...Scored Wild's 1,000th all-time regular season goal at LA (10/18)...Notched two goals including the GWG vs. LA (10/25)...Recorded nine points (7-2=9) during six-game point streak (10/14-10/27)...Potted three consecutive multi-point games (2-4=6, 12/5-12/9)...Claimed 300th career assist vs. CHI (12/9)...Collected two PPGs and assist vs. CBJ (12/29)...Had three-game goal streak (4-2=6, 12/29-1/2)...Claimed goal and two assists at VAN (1/11)...Collected GWG and assist vs. STL (3/22)...Goal was 30th of season marking third time in career (and second consecutive) he has reached 30-goal plateau...Notched GWG in three of four contests (3-2=5, 3/17-3/24)...Missed three games with the flu (2/6-2/10), marking the first time he missed any action in a Wild sweater...Was a healthy scratch in Minnesota’s final game of the season vs. STL?(4/7)...2005-06: Established a career-high and franchise record for points in a season with 79...Set career-highs with 34 goals, 45 assists and 50 PIM...Led team with a career-high +14 rating, 15 PPGs and five SHGs...Finished tied for first on club with 20 multi-point contests and seven GWGs...Ranked second on team and first among forwards in average TOI at 20:21...One of two Wild players to appear in all 82 games (Wes Walz)...Served as team captain for the month of February...Named winner of the Pontiac GMC Three Star Award for Minnesota...Earned second career hat trick scoring all three goals in 3-1 win at SJ (11/5)...Scored 200th career goal at NJ (12/3)...Set franchise record for points in a month with 21 in December (8-13=21)...Tallied 11 points (2-9=11) during seven-game point streak (12/23-1/5)...Recorded 12 points (5-7=12)  during eight-game point streak (1/18-1/31)...Collected two goals and two assists vs. EDM (3/12), including 500th career NHL point...Broke franchise record for points in a season (70) with assist vs. CGY (3/19)...Tied franchise record with five-game goal streak (5-2=7) from 3/21-3/29...2004-05: Did not play...2003-04: Scored 19 goals and 48 points (19-29=48) in a career-high tying 82 games with Boston...Had nine multi-point games...Tied a career-high with assists in five consecutive games (11/1-11/14)...2002-03: Tallied 59 points (27-32=59) in 81 games with the Bruins...Led the NHL in shorthanded points (5-2=7) and was second in the League in SHGs...Recorded 20+ goals for the third time in his career...Had 14 multi-point games...Played his 600th NHL game at NYR (12/8)...Recorded his 200th NHL assist at CAR (2/19)...Missed one game to injury (3/8)...2001-02: Potted 31 goals and accumulated 62 points to go along with a +11 rating in 82 games with Boston...Set a Bruins franchise record and led the league with nine SHGs, tied for the league lead in shorthanded points with 10 (9-1=10) and finished third overall in the NHL in SOG with 331...Posted 13 multi-point games...Registered nine points (5-4=9) during a six-game point streak (12/15-12/28) that included a five-game goal streak (12/15-12/26)...Played his 500th NHL game at TOR (10/23)...2000-01: Finished season with 58 points on 19 goals and 39 assists...Tied for second in the NHL in shorthanded assists with four...Posted 13 multi-point games...Scored his 100th NHL goal at TB (12/30)...Missed five games with a rib injury...1999-00: Played for three NHL teams – New Jersey, Colorado and Boston – and finished the year with 31 points (16-15=31)....1998-99: Skated in all 82 games and posted 51 points (24-33=51) with New Jersey...Hit the 20+ goal mark for the first time and was a +11...Tied for the NHL lead with five SHGs...Tallied 11 points (5-6=11) during a nine-game point streak from (4/3-4/17)...Posted 10 multi-point games...1997-98: Recorded 30 points (16-14=30) in 76 games with New Jersey...Registered seven multi-point games...1996-97: Scored 45 points (18-27=45) in 81 games with New Jersey...Scored three goals in the third period to register first career hat trick vs. TB (11/16)...1995-96: Tallied 13 goals and 24 points (13-11=24) in 58 games with Devils...Tied for the team lead with a +9 rating...Had six multi-point games...Missed 11 games with a broken foot...1994-95: Began the season with Albany (AHL) and had 20 points (9-11=20) in 18 contests...Recalled by New Jersey and played his first NHL game vs. PIT (2/5)...Posted first NHL point (assist) vs. WSH (2/15) and scored his first NHL goal vs. MTL (2/27)...1993-94: Began the season in Albany (AHL) and posted four points in six games before being loaned to the U.S. National and Olympic Teams...Re-joined Albany at the conclusion of the Olympics and finished with 10 points (5-5=10) in 18 contests...INTERNATIONAL: Represented Team USA at 2006 Winter Olympics and recorded three PPGs in six games...Ranked second on Team USA in goals and tied for third in points...Was member of USA entry in World Cup of Hockey 2004...Skated in two games and did not register a point....Won a Silver Medal with Team USA at the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City and had three points (0-3=3) in six games...Helped the United States to a gold medal in the 1996 World Cup of Hockey...Played for Team USA in the World Junior Championships in 1991-92 (3-3=6 in seven games) and 1992-93 (6-2=8 in seven games) and in the World Championships in 1995-96 (3-4=7 in eight games)...Played most of the 1993-94 season with the U.S. National Team and scored 48 points (20-28=48) in 41 pre-Olympic Games and led Team USA with seven goals in eight Olympic contests in Lillehammer, Norway...AMATEUR: Played two seasons of college hockey at Lake Superior State University (CCHA), playing in the NCAA Championship game in each season with the Lakers and winning an NCAA title in 1991-92...Netted the championship-winning goal in 1992 title game...Was named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team in both 1992 and 1993...Was also named to the NCAA West Second All-Star Team and CCHA First All-Star Team in 1992-93 as he led the Lakers in scoring with 64 points.

Playoffs: Has collected 14 goals and six assists in 52 career Stanley Cup Playoff contests with New Jersey, Boston and Minnesota...2006-07: Registered a goal and an assist in five playoff games...Led team in SOG (23)...Tallied a goal and an assist in 4-1 Game 4 victory vs.?ANA?(4/17)...2003-04: Potted one goal in seven-game first round series vs. MTL...2002-03: Scored two points (0-2=2) in five playoff games during first round playoff loss to NJ...2001-02: Posted five points (4-1=5) in six playoff games with Boston...1998-99: Appeared in seven playoff games with the Devils and notched one goal and two PIM...1997-98: Appeared in six playoff games with New Jersey and scored one goal...1996-97: Skated in 10 playoff games and scored five points (4-1=5)...1994-95: Scored three points (2-1=3) and was a +6 in six playoff games in helping the Devils win the Stanley Cup Championship.

Career Transactions: Signed by Minnesota as a free agent, July 8, 2004; Acquired by Boston with Martin Grenier, Samuel Pahlsson and New Jersey’s first round choice (Martin Samuelsson) in the 2000 Entry Draft from Colorado for Raymond Bourque and Dave Andreychuk, March 6, 2000; Acquired by Colorado with a first round choice in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft (from New Jersey) for Claude Lemieux and Colorado’s first (David Hale) and second (Matt DeMarchi) round choices in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, November 3, 1999; Originally selected by New Jersey in the first round (11th overall) of the 1991 NHL Entry Draft.

Personal: Rolston and his wife Jennifer, have three sons, Ryder, Brody and Stone, and make their offseason home in Traverse City, Michigan...Nickname is “Rolly”...Hobbies include playing golf, guitar and drums...Began playing hockey at age five...Most memorable NHL moment is being a part of the 1995 Stanley Cup Finals...Names his brothers, Ron and Greg, as the most influential people in his hockey career...Grew up rooting for the Edmonton Oilers and his favorite player was Mark Messier...Played baseball, soccer and golf, in addition to hockey, as a kid...Names Roger Federer as his favorite current-day athlete...Enjoys the music of the Red Hot Chili Peppers...His favorite road city is New York City and Madison Square Garden is his favorite road arena...His first job as a kid was mowing lawns...Favorite food is pizza...Favorite television show is “The Office” and favorite movie is Anchorman...Names Howard Stern as the person he’d like to meet and Super Mario Party 8 as his favorite video game...Calls pizza his favorite food and omelette as his favorite breakfast dish...His favorite place to dine in the Twin Cities is 112 Eatery...Favorite part of Minnesota is “everything” and that “it’s a good state for families.”

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