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Red Wings’ live stream of Brian Rafalski’s retirement presser

Update: The presser won’t air till 11:10 AM due to inclement weather (seriously): Both the Detroit News and the Red Wings’ website have posted links to live feeds of Red Wings defenseman Brian Rafalski’s retirement presser. Here’s the Wings’ presser feed:

Here’s the link if you need it.

Update: Tom Leyden’s Tweets:

Rafalski: This was the most challenging season of my career. Decision made about two months ago. #RedWings
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Rafalski didn’t tell his #RedWings teammates until a couple of days ago, despite making decision two months ago. Didn’t want focus on him


NHL.com’s Brian Hedger weighs in:

Rafalski: ‘Decision as made between myself and my wife. Came down to priorities. Serving God and serving others.” #Redwings
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Rafalski: ‘Had a few people express sadness about this decision. We’re not looking at it like that. We’re looking at it as an opportunity.’
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Rafalski on leaving $6 million on the table: ‘As far as money goes, there are more important things.’
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Rafalski said that injuries were also a big factor in his decision to retire. Spent a lot of time on the trainer’s table this season.
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Rafalski said he came to this decision two months ago.
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Rafalski: ‘Being on the training table every day was getting tiresome and wasn’t as much fun coming to the rink because of that.’
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Rafalski: ‘No one tried to talk me out of it. Did seek advice from close friends and advisers everyone was supportive.’
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Rafalski on Wings: They’re so deep in the front office and coaching. Everything will work itself out. I have no doubt about that. #Redwings
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Rafalski: ‘The game’s changed even since I came in. You’ve got to find new ways to be successful and speed is always at a premium.’

Here’s the Windsor Star’s Bob Duff...

Rafalski: probably most challenging season of my career. #redwings
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Rafalski made decision to retire 2 months ago after talking it over with wife. #redwings
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Rafalski “don’t want any mourning. It’s a celebration. We’re going to have a party.” #redwings
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Rafalski: Opportunity of lifetime to play for #redwings.
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Rafalski: “This organization has never had a problem filling holes.” #redwings

And here are Tweets from the Red Wings:

Teammates spotted so far: Draper, Howard, Bertuzzi and Zetterberg.
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Rafalski: I am here to announce my retirement.
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Rafalski said the decision came between him and his wife two months ago. Wanted to serve his family and serve others.
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Rafalski credits teammates and coaches. “I’ve learned from every single one of my coaches. They’ve allowed me to grow and improve myself.”
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Packed room here at the Olympia Club for Rafalski’s retirement. yfrog.com/h822mpzij
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Rafalski: We looked at every aspect of our lives. With our son going into his freshman year of high school, that’s a big factor.
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Rafalski: As far as money goes, there are more important things.
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Rafalski: It was the opportunity of a lifetime to come here. The quality of players. The quality of the organization from top to bottom.
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Rafalski: This organization has never had a problem with filling holes and finding players that do what they need them to do.
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Rafalski chats with Jim Nill after the press conference to announce his retirement. yfrog.com/h7p02nij

 

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Comments

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

The suspense is killing me.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 05/25/11 at 12:07 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

You and me both. Didn’t think I’d get worked up for this but I am.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 05/25/11 at 12:11 PM ET

Twig's avatar

a jab at the president. he is a politician.

Posted by Twig from Houston, TX on 05/25/11 at 12:14 PM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

Didn’t know he was such a spiritual guy.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 05/25/11 at 12:15 PM ET

Sunday's avatar

Holy cats.  I bet he’s gonna be a minister.

Posted by Sunday from somewhere else on 05/25/11 at 12:15 PM ET

Itrusteddrrahmani's avatar

i like how he had an ipad with him. Nice

Posted by Itrusteddrrahmani from Nyc by way of A2 on 05/25/11 at 12:25 PM ET

Itrusteddrrahmani's avatar

then he almost left it!

Posted by Itrusteddrrahmani from Nyc by way of A2 on 05/25/11 at 12:29 PM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

i like how he had an ipad with him. Nice

I like how he almost turned it over at the podium.  Only Raf.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 05/25/11 at 12:30 PM ET

Twig's avatar

i had no idea he was so religious either. hopefully God doesn’t tell any of our other players to retire early.

Posted by Twig from Houston, TX on 05/25/11 at 12:30 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

I like how he almost turned it over at the podium.  Only Raf.
Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from Lidstrom’s head telling him 1 more year on 05/25/11 at 11:30 AM ET

Freakin hilarious.

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 05/25/11 at 12:37 PM ET

Evilpens's avatar

Damn good Career for a Small D man !! Congrats Brian Rafalski

Posted by Evilpens on 05/25/11 at 12:43 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

Came down to priorities. Serving God and serving others.

Enough said.

Amen Bitches.

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 05/25/11 at 12:51 PM ET

UMFan's avatar

I didn’t pay attention to him when he was in New Jersey. But he had a really good run in Detroit and he’ll be missed. That last Olympics though, man he was good. Outside of miller, he was probably the best player in that tournament, and thats saying something with all that talent there.

Posted by UMFan from Denver, Colorado on 05/25/11 at 12:57 PM ET

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