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EDMONTON OILERS VS COLORADO AVALANCHE
Edmonton Oilers goalie Dwayne Roloson skates off the ice after warmups prior to game against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center in Denver March 26, 2006. Roloson and the Oilers beat the Avalanche 4-3 in a shootout. (UPI Photo/Gary C. Caskey)
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Albert Dwayne Roloson (born October 12, 1969) is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the Tampa Bay Lightning in the National Hockey League (NHL). He has previously played for the Calgary Flames, Buffalo Sabres, Minnesota Wild, Edmonton Oilers,and New York Islanders during his professional career. He is often affectionately referred to by his fans as "Roli", which is on his mask, or Dwayne "The Rock".

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.

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.

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