I got spun around and kind of got whiplashed and then hit the post with my legNJ Devils Rafalski injures right leg Feb 29, 2004
He had a rough start, probably due to not playing in two weeksOttawa 3, New Jersey 2 (OT) May 11, 2003
Had we scored a power-play goal in Game 2, we probably would have wonNew Jersey 4, Carolina 0 Apr 21, 2002
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.