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NHL veteran forward Brian Rolston officially retires after 17 seasons

Boston Bruins' Brian Rolston (12) goes after the puck in front of Buffalo Sabres goalie Jhonas Enrothin (1) behind the net in the second period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Thursday, March 8, 2012. Rolston officially announced his retirement from the NHL on Tuesday.THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Michael Dwyer

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Boston Bruins' Brian Rolston (12) goes after the puck in front of Buffalo Sabres goalie Jhonas Enrothin (1) behind the net in the second period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Thursday, March 8, 2012. Rolston officially announced his retirement from the NHL on Tuesday.THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Michael Dwyer

TORONTO - Veteran forward Brian Rolston officially announced his retirement from the NHL on Tuesday.

The 40-year-old native of Flint, Mich., played in 1,256 games over 17 seasons with New Jersey, Colorado, Boston, Minnesota and the New York Islanders. He finishes his career with 342 goals, 419 assists and 761 points. As a rookie he helped the Devils win their first Stanley Cup in franchise history in the 1994-95 season.

His top offensive season was in 2005-06, when he had 34 goals and 45 assists in 79 games with the Wild.

Rolston did not play this season after splitting time with the Islanders and Bruins in 2011-12.

"Getting the chance to play the game I love for 17 years has truly been a dream come true," Rolston said in a statement. "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."

Rolston was drafted in the first round, 11th overall, in the 1991 NHL draft by New Jersey.

He represented the United States at three Winter Olympics, two World Cup of Hockey tournaments and one world championship.

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