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Three-time Cup winner Rafalski signs with ECHL Florida

Jan 9, 2014, 8:20 PM EST

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Is Brian Rafalski mounting a comeback?

Well, he’s planted the seed for one.

The 40-year-old defenseman, who retired in 2011 due to back and knee injuries, has signed with the ECHL’s Florida Everblades, the club announced on Thursday.

“I’m just excited to get back on the ice again and see where God takes me on this journey,” Rafalski told the team’s website.

Rafalski, who spent 15 NHL seasons between New Jersey and Detroit, recently participated with his former Red Wings mates in the Winter Classic Alumni Showdown. According to Everblades PR man Paul Teeple, working out for the alumni game provided the spark, and things progressed to where they are today — Rafalski joining a club that sits second in the ECHL’s South Division and is the East Coast League affiliate to both the Carolina Hurricanes and Tampa Bay Lightning.

It’ll be interesting to see how Rafalski will adjust to playing professionally again. He was still performing at a high level upon his retirement at age 37, scoring 48 points in 63 games in his final season.

  1. killerpgh - Jan 9, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    So I guess he will be signing with the Red Wings the day before the trade deadline so he can legally be placed on the playoff roster. Isn’t it time for the yearly Peter Forsberg attempts a come back and starts practicing with the Avs article?

    • tuberippin - Jan 9, 2014 at 9:01 PM

      Needs more Mats Sundin.

  2. crazemastercraze - Jan 9, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    Rich bored guy.

  3. muckleflugga - Jan 9, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    next stop…

    detwa

  4. lowenni - Jan 9, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    That’s awesome! Hope his injuries are behind him and he can get back to the NHL and still be the impact player he was before. At the very least he’ll enjoy being back on the ice in the ECHL and he’ll be a great mentor and influence for a bunch of career minor leaguers. Best of luck to him.

  5. phillyphanatic77 - Jan 9, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    dude was a beast during his playing days… talk about a D-corps for the ’01 Devils: Scott Stevens, Scott Niedermayer, Ken Danayeko, Brian Rafalski, Colin White, and Zuyzin/Albelin/Commodore. That team was unstoppable.

    • Whooten Anit - Jan 10, 2014 at 10:01 AM

      The ’00 Devils were even better: the won the Cup (and beat the Flyers on the way)!

  6. stepanup - Jan 10, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    Get David Poile on the line (kidding). The guy was phenomenal for us last Olympics. USA! USA! USA!

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