Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Brian Rafalski
A fine playmaker with a dangerous shot, Brian Rafalski attained success in college and Europe before making his mark on the NHL.

Born Dearborn, Michigan, Rafalski starred for four years with the University of Wisconsin where he was named to the WCHA First All-Star Team in 1995. After graduating he opted to join Brynas of Sweden then spent four years in Finland before signing with the Devils.

In 1999-00 Rafalski notched 32 points, was named to the NHL All-Rookie team and helped the Devils win their second Stanley Cup. He improved to 52 points the next year and was a solid +36 while playing in all situations. In 2001-02 Rafalski represented the U.S. at the Salt Lake City Olympics and continued to play a key role on the New Jersey blueline.

Rafalski earned his second Stanley Cup ring in 2003 as his Devils staved off the Mighty Ducks in a hard-fought seven-game final. He would continue to compete for the Devils until after his seventh season with the club when he signed a five-year deal with the Detroit Red Wings on July 1, 2007. In his first season with his new club, he set a career high 13 goals and helped the Red Wings capture yet another Presidents' Trophy. In the ensuing playoffs, he saw action in 21 games and helped the team he grew up rooting for to their eleventh Stanley Cup championship.

Rafalski has gone to represent his country at the 1992 World Junior Championships and the 2004 World Cup of Hockey. Rafalski was selected to represent his homeland once again in the Winter Olympics in 2006, but the Americans returned without a medal. In 2010 however, he was part of the US Olympic team that brought home the silver medal in a thrilling overtime final at the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1990-91 Madison Capitols USHL 47 12 11 23 28
1991-92 University of Wisconsin WCHA 34 3 14 17 34
1991-92 United States WJC-A 7 0 1 1 2
1992-93 University of Wisconsin WCHA 32 0 13 13 10
1992-93 United States WJC-A 7 0 2 2 2
1993-94 University of Wisconsin WCHA 37 6 17 23 26
1994-95 University of Wisconsin WCHA 43 11 34 45 48
1994-95 United States WC-A 5 0 0 0 2
1995-96 Brynas IF Gavle Sweden 40 4 14 18 26 9 0 1 1 2
1996-97 HPK Hameenlinna Finland 49 11 24 35 26 10 6 5 11 4
1997-98 HIFK Helsinki Finland 40 13 10 23 20 9 5 6 11 0
1998-99 HIFK Helsinki Finland 53 19 34 53 18 11 5 9 14 4
1998-99 HIFK Helsinki EuroHL 6 4 6 10 10 4 1 0 1 2
1998-99 United States WC-Q 3 0 1 1 0
1999-00 New Jersey Devils NHL 75 5 27 32 28 +21 23 2 6 8 8
2000-01 New Jersey Devils NHL 78 9 43 52 26 +36 25 7 11 18 7
2001-02 New Jersey Devils NHL 76 7 40 47 18 +15 6 3 2 5 4
2001-02 United States Olympics 6 1 2 3 2 +4
2002-03 New Jersey Devils NHL 79 3 37 40 14 +18 23 2 9 11 8
2003-04 New Jersey Devils NHL 69 6 30 36 24 +6 5 0 1 1 0
2004-05 United States W-Cup 4 0 3 3 6 +3
2004-05
2005-06 New Jersey Devils NHL 82 6 43 49 36 0 9 1 8 9 2
2005-06 United States Olympics 5 0 2 2 0 -3
2006-07 New Jersey Devils NHL 82 8 47 55 34 +4 11 2 6 8 8
2007-08 Detroit Red Wings NHL 73 13 42 55 34 +27 22 4 10 14 12
2008-09 Detroit Red Wings NHL 78 10 49 59 20 +17 18 3 9 12 11
2009-10 Detroit Red Wings NHL 78 8 34 42 26 +23 12 3 8 11 2
2009-10 United States Olympics 6 4 4 8 2 +7
2010-11 Detroit Red Wings NHL 63 4 44 48 22 +11 11 2 1 3 4
NHL Totals 833 79 436 515 282 165 29 71 100 66


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) Best Defenceman - Olympics (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. Signed as a free agent by Florida (ECHL). January 10, 2014. Officially announced his retirement, January 28, 2014.
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