Brian Rafalski’s NHL career came to an end today after 15 seasons, 3 Stanley Cups, and a Silver Medal as part of the 2002 and 2010 US Men’s Hockey team. During a news conference Wednesday at Joe Louis Arena, Rafalski announced his retirement. “After 15 years of playing professional hockey, I’d like to announce my retirement. It’s been a challenging season…physically, mentally and spiritually, but also rewarding,” adding that he had made his decision 2 months ago. Rafalski still had a year remaining on his contract with the Red Wings worth $6 million. Rafalski won the Stanley Cup with the Devils in 2000 and 2003 and won The Cup with the Wings in 2008. In addition to the silver medals, he was named the best defenseman of the 2010 Olympics. Check back soon for audio of the news conference.
DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 08: Brian Rafalski #28 of the Detroit Red Wings tries to avoid getting hit with the puck at the Joe Louis Arena on December 8, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan. The Predators defeated the Red Wings 3-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)(Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)