By Darryl G. Smart
Dwayne Roloson’s journey to the NHL was a long one, with many stops along the way. One of those first stops was along Highway 59 and the Norwich Merchants. And on Friday night, the junior C hockey team will induct Roloson onto its Wall of Fame.
Before their 8pm game against the Hespeler Shamrocks the Merchants will unveil and honour Roloson, who played as an 18-year-old in the 1986-87 season. During his time with the Merchants, Roloson and his teammates had a magical run winning the Niagara District West and league titles, before losing the Clarence Schmalz final to the Lakefield Chiefs, for the provincial title.
He went on to play for the Belleville Bobcats and Thorold Blackhawks before going to the UMass-Lowell. Roloson spent six years in the American Hockey LEague and 16 in the NHL, where he played 606 games with the Calgary Flames, Buffalo Sabres, Minnesota Wild, Edmonton Oilers, New York Islanders and Tampa Bay Lightning. He also won gold at the 2007 IIHF World Championships.