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Brian Rafalski

Brian Rafalski  #28

Defenseman
NUMBER: 28 BIRTHDATE: September 28, 1973
HEIGHT: 5' 10" BIRTHPLACE: Dearborn, MI, United States
WEIGHT: 194
Shoots: Right

Career: Three-time Stanley Cup champion (Devils in 2000 and 2003, Red Wings in 2008)... Won a Silver Medal with Team U.S.A. at the 2010 Winter Olympics; named the tournament's Most Outstanding Defenseman

2010-11: Recorded 0G-8A-8P in his last 8 games... Registered 12 multi-point games on the season... Tallied 46GP-4G-34A-38P in intraconference matches

2009-10: Appeared in 78 games for DET... Finished season with 8G-34A-42P), second among DET D... Played in his 700th career game 10/22 at PHX... Led DET with a +23 rating... Finished second on DET in TOI/game (24:13) during the regular season... Notched 5 PPG and 1 GWG

2008-09: Finished with 59 points (10-49—59), tied for 3rd among NHL D... Set career highs with 49 assists and 59 pts... Scored the game-winning goal at the NHL’s Winter Classic on January 1 at Wrigley Field... Recorded his 400th career point on 1/17 at San Jose... Set a new franchise record for defensemen by recording at least 1 point in 7 consecutive games to start the season

WCHA First All-Star Team (1995) NCAA West First All-American Team (1995) Finnish Elite League First All-Star Team (1998, 1999) Finnish Elite League Best Defenseman Award (1998, 1999) NHL All-Rookie Team (2000) Olympic All-Star Team (2010) Olympics Best Defenseman (2010) Played in NHL All-Star Game (2004, 2007) Signed as a free agent by New Jersey, June 18, 1999. Signed as a free agent by Detroit, July 1, 2007. Officially announced his retirement, May 25, 2011.
Quote of the Day

What we expected is what we got. Very mature young individual that's focused. He is on the right track. He's not only a great hockey individual, but he's a good person off the ice. He seemed to take a leadership role with this group right off the hop and ran away with it, and was vocal, was respectful, was everything it takes to be a Panther. His future looks bright.

— Florida Panthers director of player development Brian Skrudland on defenseman Aaron Ekblad's performance at development camp