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Red Wings sign defenseman Jonathan Ericsson for 6 years

DETROIT, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Steady defenseman Jonathan Ericsson has signed a six-year contract extension with the Detroit Red Wings, the team announced Wednesday.
Rafalski hangs up skates after 11 seasons

Rafalski hangs up skates after 11 seasons

DETROIT, May 25 (UPI) -- Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brian Rafalski said Wednesday he is retiring from the NHL after 11 seasons and three Stanley Cup championships.

NHL: Detroit 4, Phoenix 3

DETROIT, April 16 (UPI) -- Pavel Datsyuk scored a goal and added three assists Saturday for Detroit, which outlasted Phoenix 4-3 to post a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series.

NHL: Detroit 4, Minnesota 2

DETROIT, April 3 (UPI) -- Detroit's Jimmy Howard turned aside 27-of-29 shots Sunday and the Red Wings eased to a 4-2 win over Minnesota and the Central Division championship.

NHL: Detroit 4, Nashville 3 (OT)

NASHVILLE, April 2 (UPI) -- Dan Cleary's tip-in goal 2:58 into overtime Saturday capped a Detroit comeback over Nashville, handing the Red Wings a 4-3 win and a spot in the playoffs.

NHL: Detroit 5, Calgary 4 (SO)

CALGARY, Alberta, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Todd Bertuzzi scored in the second round of the shootout Friday to complete a Detroit comeback and give the Red Wings a 5-4 victory over Calgary.

NHL: Dallas 4, Detroit 3 (OT)

DETROIT, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Loui Eriksson's goal 4:18 into overtime capped a Dallas comeback Sunday and handed the Stars a 4-3 victory over Detroit.

Red Wings' Rafalski has knee surgery

DETROIT, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- Veteran Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brian Rafalski will be out indefinitely after having knee surgery, the team said Tuesday.

NHL: Edmonton 3, Detroit 2 (SO)

EDMONTON, Alberta, March 20 (UPI) -- Ryan Potulny and Gilbert Brule scored shootout goals Friday, lifting Edmonton to a 3-2 victory over Detroit.

NHL: Detroit 3, Buffalo 2 (OT)

DETROIT, March 13 (UPI) -- Brian Rafalski's blast from left circle 31 seconds into overtime Saturday lifted the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-2 victory over Buffalo.

NHL: Detroit 5, Chicago 4

CHICAGO, March 7 (UPI) -- A breakaway goal by Pavel Datsyuk highlighted a five-goal outburst, carrying the Detroit Red Wings to a 5-4 victory over Chicago Sunday.

NHL: Detroit 5, Pittsburgh 0

DETROIT, June 6 (UPI) -- Chris Osgood made 22 saves in his 15th career playoff shutout Saturday when the Detroit Red Wings beat Pittsburgh 5-0 for a 3-2 lead in the Stanley Cup Finals.

NHL: Detroit 3, Chicago 2 (OT)

DETROIT, May 19 (UPI) -- Mikael Samuelsson scored 5:14 into overtime Tuesday to give Detroit to a 3-2 win over Chicago and a 2-0 lead in their Western final.

NHL: Detroit 4, Columbus 0

DETROIT, April 18 (UPI) -- Chris Osgood's 14th career playoff shutout Saturday keyed the Detroit Red Wings' 4-0 win over Columbus in Game 2 of their Western Conference quarterfinal.

NHL: Detroit 3, Phoenix 2 (OT)

DETROIT, March 10 (UPI) -- Johan Franzen scored 3:35 into overtime Tuesday, producing a 3-2 Detroit Red Wings victory over the Phoenix Coyotes.
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Detroit Red Wings' Johan Franzen of Sweden, Nicklas Lidstrom of Sweden Brian Rafalski celebrate Rafalski's goal during the third period of game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit on June 2, 2008. (UPI Photo/Brian Kersey)
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Brian Christopher Rafalski (born September 28, 1973) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman for the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League. Prior to joining the Red Wings, Rafalski played seven seasons with the New Jersey Devils. After struggling to enter the NHL, spending four seasons in European leagues before entering the NHL, Rafalski has won the Stanley Cup three times and become an effective defenseman in the league. In his ten-plus seasons in the league, Rafalski has played in five Stanley Cup finals (2000, 2001, 2003, 2008, 2009.) Rafalski has also played in three Olympic ice hockey tournaments, most recently in 2010.

Rafalski played for the Madison Capitals of the USHL and scored 23 points with 12 goals and 11 assists

Rafalski played for four years at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and was a proficient player, scoring 45 points in 43 games in his senior year. He won several awards that season; he was named to the WCHA First All-Star Team, the NCAA West All-Star Team, and the WCHA Defenseman of the Year. With no immediate NHL prospects, Rafalski travelled overseas. He spent the 1995-1996 season with Brynäs IF of the Swedish elite league. After scoring only 9 points in 22 games in Sweden, he then moved to Finland. He played a season for HPK of the SM-liiga, and scored 35 points. He travelled to HIFK in 1997, where he spent two successful years. In his final year in Finland, he scored 19 goals and 53 points in 53 games, and won the Kultainen kypärä, which is the SM-liiga trophy for best player as voted by his fellow players. Notably, he also became the first non-Finnish player to win the award.

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