DETROIT (WXYZ) - After 11 NHL seasons, Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brian Rafalski made the decision to retire.
The three-time Stanley Cup champion and two-time Olympic silver medalist from Dearborn, Mich., met with reporters at 11 a.m. Wednesday to announce his retirement.
The 37-year-old Rafalski was limited by inujries to a career-low 63 games last season, finishing with just four goals. He said injuries did play a role in his decision. "I wasn't able to skate the way I'd like to and it made me change the way I played the game," said Rafalski.
The defenseman said he feels very fortunate and blessed, but said his priorities in life have changed. "It's time to move on and start a new chapter," he stated.
Rafalski played a total of seven seasons with the New Jersey Devils before signing a five-year contract in 2007, with his hometown Detroit Red Wings.
He helped New Jersey win two Stanley Cup Championships and the Red Wings win one. Rafalski played for the U.S. in losses to Canada in the 2010 and 2002 gold-medal games.
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