Former Wisconsin Badger hockey standout Brian Rafalski has announced his retirement and he’s leaving the game for the right reason.
The 37-year-old defenseman leaves the Detroit Red Wings with one-year left on his contract, a deal that would have paid him $6-million next season.
Rafalski said he wants to enjoy his family while his health is still good. He was limited to 63 games this past season due to various injuries.
The sports world is full of players that have a hard time saying goodbye. But Rafalski has played 11 seasons in the NHL with New Jersey and Detroit. He’s a three-time Stanley Cup winner and a 2-time Olympic silver medalist. Rafalski has tallied 79 goals and 515 points in milestone career.
He’s no doubt made a lot of money and likely invested well. Not that it’s ever easy to pull the plug, but Rafalski loves his family and is ready to give up the rough and tough NHL for a little R & R and some fun times with family and friends.
Way to bo Brian!