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NHL forward Brian Rolston officially retires

Brian Rolston, who recorded over 700 points and played in 1,256 games over 17 seasons in the NHL, has officially signed his retirement papers.

Last played in NHL in 2011-12

Brian Rolston, seen in 2010, got his name on the Stanley Cup in his very first NHL season. (Bill Kostroun/Associated Press)

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.