Roloson with the Lightning in the 2011 playoffs.
October 12, 1969 |
Simcoe, ON, CAN
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)|
|Played for||Calgary Flames
New York Islanders
Tampa Bay Lightning
|Men's ice hockey|
|Competitor for Canada|
|Silver||2009 Bern||Ice hockey|
|Gold||2007 Moscow||Ice hockey|
|Bronze||1995 Sweden||Ice hockey|
Albert Dwayne Roloson (born October 12, 1969) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey goaltender currently a goaltending consultant within the Anaheim Ducks organization for the Norfolk Admirals. 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 
A Hobey Baker Award nominee and NCAA 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 years 
Minnesota years 
Deciding to give the NHL one more try, 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, defeating the Colorado Avalanche in the first round and the Vancouver Canucks in the second round. 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.
Edmonton years and playoffs 
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.
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. As a result, Ty Conklin lost Game 1 after Roloson's departure and co-backup goalie Jussi Markkanen was left to finish the series. The Oilers eventually 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. The majority of Edmonton fans were expecting Kevin Lowe to sign Roloson to a one or two-year contract due to his age, but in the end a three-year deal was signed.
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 had seen 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 had to get rid of one of the goalies and ended up trading Garon to the Pittsburgh Penguins. 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.
Only days after the last game of the season, 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, regardless of some "great play" by Roloson.
New York Islanders 
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.
Tampa Bay Lightning 
On January 1, 2011, Roloson was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for defenceman Ty Wishart. 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. He would retire at season's end after the Lightning failed to qualify for the playoffs again. Following his retirement from ice hockey, he was immediately hired as a consultant to the Anaheim Ducks farm team the Norfolk Admirals.
Awards and achievements 
- (IIHF) 2007 World Ice Hockey Championships: Gold medal
- Played in NHL All-Star Game - (2004)
- (NHL) Roger Crozier Saving Grace Award (Save percentage Leader) - 2004 (.933)
- (AHL) Baz Bastien Memorial Trophy (Best Goaltender) - 2001
- (AHL) First All-Star Team - 2001
- (NCAA) East First All-American Team - 1994
- (HE) Player of the Year & First All-Star Team - 1994
- (HE) William Flynn Tournament MVP Award - 1994
Career statistics 
Regular season 
|1994–95||Saint John Flames||AHL||46||16||21||8||—||2734||156||1||3.42||.900|
|1995–96||Saint John Flames||AHL||67||33||22||11||—||4026||190||1||2.83||.905|
|1996–97||Saint John Flames||AHL||8||6||2||0||—||481||22||1||2.75||.910|
|1997–98||Saint John Flames||AHL||4||3||0||1||—||245||8||0||1.96||.939|
|2009–10||New York Islanders||NHL||50||23||18||—||7||2897||145||1||3.00||.907|
|2010–11||New York Islanders||NHL||20||6||13||—||1||1206||53||0||2.64||.916|
|2010–11||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||34||18||12||—||4||1993||85||4||2.56||.912|
|2011–12||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||40||13||16||—||3||2099||128||1||3.66||.886|
|1994–95||Saint John Flames||AHL||5||1||4||299||13||0||2.60||.897|
|1995–96||Saint John Flames||AHL||16||10||6||1027||49||1||2.86||n/a|
|2010–11||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||17||10||6||982||41||1||2.51||.924|
International statistics 
Personal life 
- Roloson and his wife, Melissa, who were married around 1999–2000, have two sons, Brett, 7, and Ross, 5
- Best friends with Rob Blake, with whom he played hockey in high school in Simcoe, Ontario. Also friends with Andrew Brunette
- Dwayne wears contact lenses and writes with his left hand.
- 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. Roli can now patrol his former neighborhood from when he played for the Wild.
- Teaches his goalie school with Wild goaltending coach Bob Mason.
- His mask 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."
- Chau, Eddie. "Anaheim to hire Dwayne Roloson as consultant". Simcoe Reformer. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
- "Game Summary (Game 0329)". NHL.com. November 23, 2009.
- "Islanders send Roloson to Lightning for Wishart". The Sports Network. 2011-01-01. Retrieved 2011-01-02.
- "Lightning Re-sign Goalie Roloson to One-Year, $3M Deal". The Sports Network. 2011-06-29. Retrieved 2011-06-29.
- Dwayne Roloson's player profile at NHL.com
- Bio on hockeygoalies.org
- Dwayne Roloson's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Roloson Mason Goalie Schools
- 21 December, 2009 Roloson save
|Winner of the Crozier Award