But goalies needn't fear his laser any longer.
The 1991 Devils draft pick announced his retirement Tuesday.
Rolston played in 1,256 NHL games, winning a Stanley Cup in 1995 with the Devils. The Flint, Mich. native registered 130 of his 342 career goals in two tours in New Jersey.
Many of those tallies were scored using a bruising-- sometimes literally-- slap shot. Rolston also played in three Olympics, winning a silver medal with Team USA in 2002.
Rolston did not play in 2013 but finished his playing career with the Boston Bruins, with whom he also did two tours. Rolston also played stints in Minnesota, Colorado and an infamous 49-game tenure on Long Island.
Though Rolston was a third-line player, Martin Brodeur recalled how he aided New Jersey's 1995 Stanley Cup-championship run.
He also was one of the few players you'll ever see perfectly execute the slap-penalty shot