|Brian Christopher Rafalski
Height: 5' 10", Weight: 191 pounds
Born: 9.28.73 Dearborn, Michigan
|How he arrived: Signed as a free agent from HIFK Helsinki (Finland), 6.18.99
How he left: Signed as a free agent with the Detroit Red Wings, 7.1.07
|Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
Rafalski's arrival in New Jersey gave the Devils a great situation on the backline. Scott Stevens was the heavy hitter of
the 3 top flight D-men. Scott Niedermayer was adept at both ends. Rafalski had the skills to eventually become the
quarterback of the Devils' power play.
After playing at the U. of Wisconsin for 4 years, he played 4 more over in the Finnish League. An unusual move for an
American player coming out of college, but he had not been drafted, either, and it only benefited him, as he became a
star over there.
So to say that he was NHL ready when he signed with the Devils would be an accurate statement, I think.
He had a great run with the Devils. 2 Cup rings, 2 All-Star selections. But he decided to head home.
To play in Detroit, I mean.
Light years better than Gomez's reasoning for leaving. Family's always important.
He would retire in 2011 because of knee and back injuries. He would try a comeback in 2014 with the Florida
Everblades of the ECHL, but after nearly 3 weeks, retired again because of his back.
The same year as his comeback attempt, he would be inducted into the US Hockey Hall of Fame.
|Playoff Statistics with the Franchise