Dwayne Roloson

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Dwayne Roloson
Dwayne Roloson 2011-04-23.JPG
Roloson with the Lightning in the 2011 playoffs.
Born(1969-10-12) October 12, 1969 (age 45)
Simcoe, ON, CAN
Height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
Played forCalgary Flames
Buffalo Sabres
Minnesota Wild
Edmonton Oilers
New York Islanders
Tampa Bay Lightning
National team Canada
NHL DraftUndrafted
Playing career1994–2012
WebsiteDwayne Roloson Goalie Development
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Dwayne Roloson
Dwayne Roloson 2011-04-23.JPG
Roloson with the Lightning in the 2011 playoffs.
Born(1969-10-12) October 12, 1969 (age 45)
Simcoe, ON, CAN
Height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
Played forCalgary Flames
Buffalo Sabres
Minnesota Wild
Edmonton Oilers
New York Islanders
Tampa Bay Lightning
National team Canada
NHL DraftUndrafted
Playing career1994–2012
WebsiteDwayne Roloson Goalie Development

Albert Dwayne Roloson (born October 12, 1969) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey goaltender and the current goaltending coach of the Anaheim Ducks.[1] Roloson played for the Calgary Flames, Buffalo Sabres, Minnesota Wild, Edmonton Oilers, New York Islanders and Tampa Bay Lightning during his national hockey league career. He is often affectionately referred to by his fans as "Roli." Following Mark Recchi's retirement, Roloson became the oldest active NHL player and the last active NHL player to have been born in the 1960s.

Playing career[edit]


A Hobey Baker Award nominee and National Collegiate Athletic Association All-American while tending goal for University of Massachusetts Lowell, Roloson went undrafted after graduating. He was signed as a free agent by the Calgary Flames in 1994. After splitting time between the Flames and their American Hockey League counterpart, the Saint John Flames, he was traded to the Buffalo Sabres to back up Dominik Hašek. Following two years with the Sabres, he was picked up in the 2000 NHL Expansion Draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets. Rather than joining the Blue Jackets, Roloson signed with the AHL team of the St. Louis Blues, the Worcester IceCats.

NHL career[edit]

Minnesota Wild[edit]

Roloson earned a roster spot with the Minnesota Wild in 2001. In the 2002–03 NHL season, Roloson shared netminding duties with Manny Fernandez as the Wild made their first ever appearance in the post-season, reaching the conference final. Despite splitting goaltending duties with Fernandez, Roloson earned his first All-Star appearance at age 34, appearing in the 2004 NHL All-Star Game with the Western Conference team. He also won the Roger Crozier Saving Grace Award for having the NHL's best save percentage. During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Roloson played with Finnish club, Lukko Rauma of the SM-liiga.

Edmonton Oilers[edit]

On March 8, 2006, Roloson was traded to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for the first round pick that later became part of a trade for Pavol Demitra and a conditional draft pick that later became a third-rounder. Initially, Oilers General Manager Kevin Lowe was harshly criticized for the acquisition when Roloson struggled during the regular season. Lowe was criticized both for not acquiring a better goaltender, and also for surrendering a first-round draft pick to a divisional rival.

Roloson, playing for the Edmonton Oilers

Criticism was muted following sensational play by Roloson, backstopping the Oilers to the final of the 2006 Stanley Cup Playoffs. He had a record of 12–5 through the first three rounds, and along with Chris Pronger, was considered a front-runner for the Conn Smythe Trophy if the Oilers were victorious in the finals.

However, during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Carolina Hurricanes, Roloson suffered a third-degree MCL sprain of his right knee when Hurricanes forward Andrew Ladd was pushed into Roloson by a back-checking Oiler defenseman Marc-André Bergeron. Oilers coach Craig MacTavish announced that Roloson would not be able to continue in the series. It was also learned that he had hyper-extended his right elbow in the collision as well. Backup Ty Conklin replaced Roloson for the remainder of Game 1 and co-backup goalie Jussi Markkanen finished the series. The Oilers lost to the Hurricanes in seven games. Months of intense rehabilitation would follow in order to prepare Roloson for the 2006–07 season.

Roloson could have tested the unrestricted free agency market in the summer of 2006 but opted to re-sign with the Oilers on July 1, 2006 for a three-year term.

In the 2007–08 season, Roloson started out strong before seeing his record fall to 7–12–0. By early January 2008, backup goaltender Mathieu Garon had taken the reins as starter. It wasn't until March 13, 2008, that Roloson saw regular play, coming in as relief for an injured Garon, starting each subsequent game.

When the 2008–09 NHL season began, Roloson found himself vying for the starting goaltender position with Garon and upstart Jeff Deslauriers. For the beginning of the season, it appeared Garon was once again the starter but after some bad games Oiler coach Craig MacTavish decided to rotate Garon, Deslauriers and Roloson by playing whoever had the hot hand. Eventually, the team traded Garon to the Pittsburgh Penguins and Roloson claimed the starting spot. Down the stretch, he started 36 consecutive games as the Oilers fought for a playoff spot. During this time, he became the oldest goaltender to start more than 60 games in a single season. Though the Oilers ultimately did not qualify for the post-season, Roloson put up solid numbers, making upwards of 40 saves on a regular basis.

Roloson in goal for the Islanders during their 2009 home-opener.

New York Islanders[edit]

On July 1, 2009, Roloson became an unrestricted free agent. After rejecting a one-year, $3-million deal from Edmonton, Roloson signed a two-year, $5-million contract with the New York Islanders. The Islanders also signed Martin Biron, who was to serve as Roloson's backup goalie while Rick DiPietro was out on injured reserve. Roloson lost his first game as an Islander on October 3, 2009 in a shootout.

On November 23, 2009, Roloson made 58 saves on 61 shots in a 4–3 overtime win in Toronto. The 58 saves were a career high, and broke the Islander club record of 56, held by Rick DiPietro.[2]

Tampa Bay Lightning[edit]

On January 1, 2011, Roloson was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for defenceman Ty Wishart.[3] He won his first game with Tampa Bay in a 1-0 overtime shutout against the Washington Capitals. In his first 11 games with the Lightning, he recorded 4 shutouts. In April 2011, Roloson recorded a shutout in a first round playoff Game 7 against the Pittsburgh Penguins, making him the oldest goaltender to do so. Roloson and the Lightning ultimately advanced to the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals, where they were eliminated by the Boston Bruins in seven games. With his contract set to expire the Lightning re-signed Roloson to a one-year $3 million deal on June 29, 2011.[4] He retired at season's end after the Lightning failed to qualify for the playoffs again.

International play[edit]

Medal record
Men's ice hockey
Competitor for Canada Canada
World Championships
Silver2009 Bern
Gold2007 Moscow
Bronze1995 Sweden

Roloson was a member of the Canadian 2007 IIHF World Championship team that won gold in a 4–2 win against Finland in Moscow.

In 2009, Roloson (along with Oilers teammate Shawn Horcoff) was called upon for Team Canada at the IIHF World Championships. He played in the finals against Russia, where Canada lost 2–1.[5]

Post-playing career[edit]

Following his retirement from ice hockey, Roloson was immediately hired as a consultant to the Anaheim Ducks farm team the Norfolk Admirals. On June 10, 2013, Roloson was named as the replacement for Pete Peeters as the Anaheim Ducks goaltending consultant. On November 2, 2014, he suited up in an emergency role after Ducks goaltender John Gibson suffered an injury pregame and could not play the game against Colorado.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Roloson and his wife, Melissa, who were married in 1999, have two sons, Brett and Ross.[7] He is close friends with Rob Blake, with whom he played hockey in high school in Simcoe, Ontario. He is also friends with Andrew Brunette

The Saint Paul Police Federation swore in Dwayne Roloson as an honorary police officer for his interest and involvement. The award is to recognize the contribution and support to local law enforcement. He teaches his goalie school with Wild goaltending coach Bob Mason.[8]

While with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Roloson wore a mask that had a shamrock with the initials "KR" to remember Kelly Ryan, a 12-year-old player who attended several of Roloson's goalie camps. The shamrock also had the letters "TDLO", "The Dream Lives On."[9]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular seasonPlayoffs
1987–88Belleville BobcatsMJBHL2196110706023.36
1988–89Thorold BlackhawksGHJHL27156414908203.30
1989–90Thorold BlackhawksGHJHL301881168310803.85
1990–91UMass LowellHE155908236304.59
1991–92UMass LowellHE123806605204.73
1992–93UMass LowellHE3920172234215003.84
1993–94UMass LowellHE4023107230510602.76
1994–95Saint John FlamesAHL4616218273415613.42.9005142991302.60.897
1995–96Saint John FlamesAHL67332211402619012.83.9051610610274912.86.908
1996–97Saint John FlamesAHL86204812212.75.910
1996–97Calgary FlamesNHL31914316187802.89.897
1997–98Saint John FlamesAHL4301245801.96.939
1997–98Calgary FlamesNHL3911168220511002.89.897
1998–99Rochester AmericansAHL2200120402.00.922
1998–99Buffalo SabresNHL186829114212.77.9094111391004.31.870
1999–00Buffalo SabresNHL141736773202.84.884
2000–01Worcester IceCatsAHL5232155312711362.17.92911656972311.97.931
2001–02Minnesota WildNHL4514207250611252.68.901
2002–03Minnesota WildNHL502316829459842.00.92711565782502.59.903
2003–04Minnesota WildNHL4819181128478951.88.933
2004–05Lukko RaumaSM-l342010420487042.05.9319455121822.10.941
2005–06Minnesota WildNHL24617113616813.00.910
2005–06Edmonton OilersNHL1987511634712.42.9051812511594512.33.927
2006–07Edmonton OilersNHL6827346393118042.75.909
2007–08Edmonton OilersNHL4315175234011903.05.901
2008–09Edmonton OilersNHL6328249359716612.77.915
2009–10New York IslandersNHL5023187289714513.00.907
2010–11New York IslandersNHL20613112065302.64.916
2010–11Tampa Bay LightningNHL341812419938542.56.912171069824112.51.924
2011–12Tampa Bay LightningNHL4013163209912813.66.886
NHL totals6062272578234,2971552332.72.908502818286012122.54.918
AHL totals17992602510,73349392.76.91132171520228522.52.904


Senior totals9725442102.30.920

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Hockey East First Team1994
AHCA East First-Team All-American1994
Hockey East All-Tournament Team1994[10]
Aldege "Baz" Bastien Memorial Award2001
First All-Star Team2001
All-Star Game2004
Roger Crozier Saving Grace Award2004


  1. ^ "Ducks Name Roloson Goaltending Consultant". Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "Game Summary (Game 0329)". NHL.com. November 23, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Islanders send Roloson to Lightning for Wishart". The Sports Network. 2011-01-01. Retrieved 2011-01-02. 
  4. ^ "Lightning Re-sign Goalie Roloson to One-Year, $3M Deal". The Sports Network. 2011-06-29. Retrieved 2011-06-29. 
  5. ^ "Russia golden again with 2-1 victory over Canada". ctv.ca. 2009-05-10. Retrieved 2009-05-10. 
  6. ^ Peters, Chris (November 2, 2014). "Retired NHL G Dwayne Roloson steps in as Ducks' emergency backup". cbssports.com. Retrieved November 3, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Roli with it!". Canoe.ca. 2006-05-06. Retrieved 2012-02-03. 
  8. ^ "Roloson Mason goalie schools". rolosonmasonschool.com. 2013-04-15. Retrieved 2013-04-15. 
  9. ^ "For Lightning Roloson, boys short story melts ice". 2012-03-04. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  10. ^ "2013-14 Hockey East Media Guide". Hockey East. Retrieved 2014-05-19. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Paul Kariya
Hockey East Player of the Year
Succeeded by
Chris Imes
Preceded by
Jim Montgomery
William Flynn Tournament Most Valuable Player
Succeeded by
Bob Bell
Preceded by
Marty Turco
Winner of the Crozier Award
Succeeded by
Cristobal Huet