of the New York Islanders
, who turned 41 on Tuesday, is scheduled to make his season debut Wednesday night when the Islanders visit the Washington Capitals
. When he does, Roloson will become the ninth "regular" goaltender in NHL history -- and the 11th overall -- to play in a game at age 41 or older.
Two 45-year-olds have played goal in the NHL. Hall of Famer Johnny Bower
was 45 when he finished his career with the Toronto Maple Leafs
with one appearance in 1969-70, while Moe Roberts
, a retired NHL goaltender serving on the Chicago Blackhawks
' training staff, came out of retirement to play one period in relief of starter Harry Lumley
in a game against the Detroit Red Wings
on Nov. 25, 1951.
Three Hall of Famers played goal at age 44, but only two -- Gump Worsley
and Jacques Plante
-- were goaltenders. Lester Patrick
, the coach and general manager of the New York Rangers
, donned the gear in Game 2 of the 1928 Stanley Cup Final when starter Lorne Chabot
was injured and couldn't continue. Patrick led the Rangers to a 2-1 overtime victory on April 8, 1928.