Brian Christopher Rafalski
Defense
Right-Handed Shot
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
Year
Team
GP
G
A
Pts.
+/-
PIM
SOG
PPG
PPA
PPP
SHG
SHA
SHP
GWG
1999-2000
NJ
75
5
27
32
21
28
128
1
6
7
0
0
0
1
2000-01
NJ
78
9
43
52
36
26
142
6
16
22
0
0
0
1
2001-02
NJ
76
7
40
47
15
18
125
2
17
19
0
0
0
4
2002-03
NJ
79
3
37
40
18
14
178
2
14
16
0
0
0
0
2003-04
NJ
69
6
30
36
6
24
130
2
16
18
0
1
1
1
2005-06
NJ
82
6
43
49
0
36
126
3
24
27
0
1
1
2
2006-07
NJ
82
8
47
55
4
34
148
3
27
30
1
0
1
4
Franchise
Career Totals
 
541
44
267
311
100
180
977
19
120
139
1
2
3
13
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.
Entry Draft: None
Year
Team
GP
G
A
Pts.
+/-
PIM
SOG
PPG
PPA
PPP
SHG
SHA
SHP
GWG
1999-2000
NJ
23
2
6
8
5
8
31
0
3
3
0
0
0
1
2000-01
NJ
25
7
11
18
10
7
47
1
4
5
0
0
0
3
2001-02
NJ
6
3
2
5
-2
4
19
3
2
5
0
0
0
0
2002-03
NJ
23
2
9
11
7
8
36
2
4
6
0
1
1
0
2003-04
NJ
5
0
1
1
0
0
9
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2005-06
NJ
9
1
8
9
3
2
9
1
4
5
0
1
1
0
2006-07
NJ
11
2
6
8
-1
8
11
2
3
5
0
0
0
0
Franchise
Career Totals
 
102
17
43
60
22
37
162
9
20
29
0
2
2
4
Playoff Statistics with the Franchise