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WATCH: Former Oilers goalie Dwayne Roloson pumps up the crowd at Rogers Place

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Michael Mazzei
18 days ago
Although he has not played in a game for the Oilers in over 15 years, Dwayne Roloson still found a way to make an impact.
Suffice it to say that the Edmonton faithful were pumped to see the former goaltender take in the action for Game 6 as evidenced by how loud the building got. It is certainly fitting that he was in town on the night the Oilers had a chance to clinch a spot in the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 2006.
For those who may have been too young to remember, Roloson was the netminder who helped backstop the Oilers to a Cinderella run to the Cup Finals. Roloson was exceptional that spring where he posted a record of 12-5, a .927 SV%, a 2.33 GAA and a shutout before he hyper-extended his right elbow in Game 1 of the Finals. Although Ty Conklin did his best to fill in and even helped push the series to seven games before ultimately falling to the Hurricanes, it is fair to wonder how differently things in that series would have played out had Roloson stayed healthy.
In speaking with Kyle Bukauskas in the leadup to puck drop, the emotions of that spring came right back into his mind as he took in the crowd at Rogers Place.
“Goes right back to the playoffs, it was so remarkable. The city’s amazing, especially playoff time,” he said. ” It’s gotta be the loudest building going and like right now I can barely hear you and I hope they can hear me. And it’s a great place to play.”
He was then asked about the play of Stuart Skinner, who said he grew up watching Roloson during that Cup run 18 years ago, in these playoffs and the Simcoe native had nothing but high praise.
“He’s been amazing. You know, I’ve texted him every once in a while. He texts me and he’s handling great. He’s just simplifying his game and just giving the guys a chance to win. So that’s all that matters.”
Roloson initially arrived during the 2006 trade deadline from a transaction with Wild that sent a 2006 first and 2007 third-round pick the other way. He went on to spend three more seasons with the Oilers before exiting the organization via free agency in 2009. Throughout his four-year tenure in Edmonton, he posted a record of 78-82-24, a .909 SV%, a 2.78 GAA, and six shutouts.
Besides the Oilers and Wild, he would also suit up for the Flames, Sabres, Islanders, and Lightning before retiring in 2012 where he was the last player born in the 1960s to play in the NHL. During his 14-year career, he went 227-257-82, recorded a .908 SV%, a 2.72 GAA, and 29 shutouts.

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