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Former Devils Defenseman Brian Rafalski to Announce His Retirement

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 06:37 PM

Several media outlets are reporting that former New Jersey Devils and current Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brian Rafalski is stepping away for the game of hockey at the age of 37. In just 10+ season Rafalski played in 5 Stanley Cup Finals winning three of them.

Rafalski joined the Devils in 1999 when GM Lou Lamoriello signed the unrestriced free agent to deal. Prior to being signed, Rafalski was named by the Sporting News as the best hockey player in the world not playing in the NHL. He played seven seasons in New Jersey, five of those years paired with Hall of Famer Scott Stevens, winning two Stanley Cup in 2000 and 2003. The Deerborn, Michigan native left New Jersey in the summer of 2007 to play for his hometown Red Wings where he was again paired with another legend, Niklas Lidstrom. He went on to play in two more Stanley Cup Finals winning his third Cup in 2008.

After just four seasons in Detroit and with one year left on the 5-year $30 million deal he inked in 2007 Rafalski is walking away. He had 515 points (79g 436a) in 833 NHL games.

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