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Brian Rafalski | Defenseman

Team: Detroit Red Wings
Age / DOB:  (44) / 9/28/1973
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 200
Drafted: 1999 / UDFA / NJ

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Brian Rafalski has been elected to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.
He produced 79 goals and 515 points in 833 career games with the New Jersey Devils and Detroit Red Wings. He won two Stanley Cups with the Devils in 2000 and 2003 and won another in 2008 as a member of the Wings. Rafalski retired after the 2010-11 season and he considered a comeback in January, but a back injury derailed that attempt. Wed, Aug 6, 2014 12:43:00 PM

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Brian Rafalski has confirmed that his comeback attempt is over.

Rafalski was released from ECHL Florida after being sidelined since Jan. 18 with a back problem. "I'm getting some mobility back," he said of his back, but added, "There's no reason to keep going. This is not something you can push or play through or goes away." He hasn't played in the NHL since the 2010-11 campaign. Rafalski won the Stanley Cup three times and had 515 points in 833 games.
Tue, Jan 28, 2014 02:41:00 PM

Brian Rafalski has been released from ECHL Florida.

Rafalski has been dealing with a sore back and consequently hasn't played since Jan. 18. He had an assist in three contests with Florida. It's not clear if that will be the end of his comeback attempt, but it's certainly not a good sign.
Tue, Jan 28, 2014 01:20:00 PM

Brian Rafalski agreed to a contract with ECHL Florida on Thursday.

The 40-year-old defenseman retired in 2011. Rafalski got the itch to play again after participating in a Red Wings' alumni game at last week's Winter Classic. He wants to see where this takes him and hopes to be back in the NHL. The Everblades are a shared affiliate of the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Carolina Hurricanes.
Fri, Jan 10, 2014 09:01:00 AM

Brian Rafalski cited injuries and spoke about other personal priorities during his retirement news conference on Wednesday.

"There wasn't a day this year I wasn't on the training table," Rafalski said referring to knee and back injuries that have bothered him the past few seasons. "It played a role (in his decision to retire). I wasn't able to skate the way I'd like to. It wasn't as much fun coming to the rink." He added that, "It came down to priorities. My serving God and my family and others. When hockey wasn't at the top, it's time to move on." He appeared in 63 games for the Red Wings in 2010-11 and decided afterward that it was time to hang up his skates. In 833 career contests, the mobile defender posted 515 points. He also captured three Stanley Cups and two Olympic silver medals with the United States. We wish him the best in his retirement.
Wed, May 25, 2011 01:44:00 PM

Brian Rafalski will reportedly announce his retirement Wednesday morning.

It should be noted that as recently as Monday, Red Wings GM Ken Holland said that he hadn't talked to Rafalski in a week and hadn't been told that he would retire. However, several major newspapers and organizations are reporting that Rafalski will hang up his skates. Although his retirement would be a blow to the Red Wings, it would provide them with $6 million in cap space to pursue an alternative. This could be the start of an active off-season for Detroit.
Tue, May 24, 2011 12:24:00 PM

Brian Rafalski hasn't told Red Wings GM Ken Holland if he'll retire.

Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos is reporting that Rafalski has decided to retire. "I know there are tons of rumors out there," Holland said. "I do know he’s doing a lot of thinking. I did meet with him at the end of the year. I’ve had conversations with him. For lack of better words, I do know he’s doing a lot of thinking about next year. He’s got to make some decisions. I haven’t talked to him in a week. He hasn’t told me he’s retiring." Rafalski will earn $6 million in the final year of his contract if he decides to play in 2011-12. Stay tuned.
Mon, May 23, 2011 06:57:00 PM

Brian Rafalski will reportedly announce his retirement in the near future.

Although Rafalski will turn 38 in September, his retirement would still come as a major shock. When he was healthy this season, Rafalski was just as good as ever, scoring four goals and 48 points in 63 games this season. However, Rafalski's knee problems have reportedly influenced his decision to hang up his skates. Rafalski would earn $6 million in the final year of his contract if he does decide to play in 2011-12. We'll keep you posted.
Mon, May 23, 2011 05:24:00 PM

Brian Rafalski is expected to be in Detroit's lineup for Game 3 on Wednesday night.

He did not participate in practice Tuesday due to some minor swelling in his knee, but it won't be enough to keep him on the sidelines.
Wed, May 4, 2011 03:12:00 PM

Brian Rafalski (knee) did not participate in Detroit's practice on Tuesday.

Rafalski is still considered probable for Wednesday's contest. He has two goals and a plus-two rating in six playoff games.
Tue, May 3, 2011 03:35:00 PM

Brian Rafalski picked up a pair of assists in the Red Wings' 4-2 victory over Minnesota Sunday.

Rafalski is not showing his age with 47 points in 60 games this season, including four in his last two contests. Henrik Zetterberg also picked up two helpers while Nicklas Lidstrom, Johan Franzen, Darren Helm and Tomas Holmstrom all found the back of the net in the Detroit win.
Sun, Apr 3, 2011 07:54:00 PM

Brian Rafalski registered two assists in Detroit's 3-2 overtime loss to Chicago Monday night.

Rafalski has been one of the league's top offensive defensemen despite his lack of goals and his battles with injuries. He has four markers and 43 points in 57 games this season.
Mon, Mar 28, 2011 10:29:00 PM

Consider Brian Rafalski (knee) probable for Saturday's game.

Rafalski went awkwardly into the boards when hit by Antoine Vermette on Thursday. It was bad luck for Rafalski, who only recently returned from a back injury. Fortunately, it sounds like his latest problem isn't particularly severe.
Fri, Mar 18, 2011 12:03:00 PM

Brian Rafalski may have injured his knee in the third period on Thursday.

Rafalski apparently went awkwardly into the boards when hit by Antoine Vermette and fell. Rafalski returned to the bench later in the third but more will be known on Friday. "He fell into my knee, fell straight into it," Rafalski said. "We'll see how the swelling is (Friday) and try to contain it. I have to keep it moving and can't let it stiffen. At first the pain just hit, but it started to go away after a few seconds. By then, I was able to skate off and I could walk. But I don't think I could have skated to finish the game. I was waiting to see how it felt but I went to test it and it seemed OK." Fortunately Rafalski was wearing a knee brace or the damage may have been season-ending. We will keep you up-to-date.
Fri, Mar 18, 2011 06:38:00 AM

Brian Rafalski had three assists in his return to the Detroit lineup on Wednesday.

Rafalski, who had missed the last eight games with a back problem, assisted on all three goals in the Red Wings 3-2 win over Washington. He now has 40 points in 51 games and is one of the top defensemen in fantasy hockey when healthy.
Thu, Mar 17, 2011 09:41:00 AM

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