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by Paul on 08/06/14 at 10:39 AM ET
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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