Rafalski to retire after 12 NHL seasons

May 23, 2011, 9:42 PM

Detroit Red Wings defenceman Brian Rafalski is expected to announce his retirement from hockey, sources tell Sportsnet.

The 38-year-old is expected to make the announcement in the coming weeks. He recently battled ACL injuries and even played throughout the playoffs with the problem.

The Michigan native broke into the National Hockey League in 1999 with the New Jersey Devils. In 833 career games, Rafalski amassed 79 goals and 515 points.

The won three Stanley Cups during his career, two with New Jersey and his most recent with the Red Wings in 2008. Rafalski was also a three-time Olympian, winning the silver medal twice with Team USA.


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