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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.

Playing for my favorite team growing up, I've probably scored that goal a million times in my driveway. It feels good to actually do it in real life.

— Dale Weise, who grew up a Canadiens fan, on scoring the overtime winner in Montreal's 5-4 victory against Tampa Bay in Game 1