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Brian Rafalski
Brian Rafalski
Defenseman
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Number: 28
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 194
Shoots: Right
Born: Sep 28, 1973
Birthplace: Dearborn, MI, United States
Acquired: Signed as a free agent by Detroit on July 1, 2007.
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 plus-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 finals. 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 11th 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.

Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
5 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
6 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
7 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
8 PIT 53 27 19 7 138 135 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
12 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
15 BUF 55 21 28 6 125 151 48
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 53 18 20 26 38
H. Zetterberg 54 10 27 4 37
T. Tatar 53 16 17 0 33
G. Nyquist 54 14 16 0 30
P. Datsyuk 39 8 21 13 29
J. Abdelkader 54 14 13 -3 27
M. Green 46 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 40 5 11 7 16
D. DeKeyser 50 7 8 13 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 21 10 4 .934 1.94
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89