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Brian Rafalski
Brian Rafalski
Defenseman
(ruh FAHL skee)
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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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Tatar 5 0 3 1 3
M. Green 5 1 1 -1 2
A. Athanasiou 5 1 0 1 1
G. Nyquist 5 1 0 2 1
H. Zetterberg 5 1 0 3 1
J. Abdelkader 5 1 0 -3 1
B. Richards 5 1 0 -4 1
D. Helm 5 1 0 -1 1
D. Larkin 5 1 0 -2 1
N. Kronwall 5 0 1 3 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 1 2 0 .945 1.36
J. Howard 0 2 0 .891 3.59