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Brian Rafalski Humbled And Honored To Be Elected Into USA Hockey Hall Of Fame

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

From the Detroit suburbs to Finland and back to the U.S., Brian Rafalski's hockey career spanned internationally from inauspicious to illustrious.

The diminutive defenseman from Dearborn won the Stanley Cup three times, including in 2008 with the Detroit Red Wings, and collected two Olympic silver medals.

That led, naturally enough, to Wednesday's announcement that Rafalski, now 40, is part of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2014.

"I'm very humbled and honored," Rafalski said on a conference call from his off-season home in Wisconsin. "It's very rewarding for myself. I wasn't really expecting this."


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Primis's avatar

Not bad for an undrafted guy that had to go overseas to play and develop more.  Drafting has indeed gotten more accurate in recent years but…. guys still slip through.

Posted by Primis on 08/06/14 at 11:57 AM ET

RWBill's avatar

Congrats to Brian - hard work, well deserved, made every team better.

Ballad of the Whiskey Robber

I don’t read many books but bought this for $9 on Amazon, also Kindle download is available.

This is a real stitch, sometimes even more flabbergasting than comical in its descriptions of early post-Soviet Hungary.  Also learned some lessons about the relationship between Hungary and Romania and the native peoples that sometimes were part of one country, then found themselves under another country and heavily discriminated against.

The real life accounting of the most unlikely life of Attila Ambrus is a real page turner and head shaker.

Posted by RWBill on 08/06/14 at 02:00 PM ET

gowings's avatar

Ballad of the Whiskey Robber

Thanks, I’ll look into it

Posted by gowings from MTL on 08/06/14 at 06:54 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Yeah I was trying to find the link to George’s recommendation of the book last week or so but couldn’t page back to previous stories.

Thanks George.

Posted by RWBill on 08/06/14 at 08:04 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

Let Paul know about the navigation issues. Sorry!

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 08/06/14 at 08:57 PM ET

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