Wanted to make this thread for awhile. It might just be me posting in it, with so many Canadians in this thread, we will see. Going to open with a tribute Despite staring at the University of Wisconsin, Brian Rafalski was undrafted in an NHL that did not yet value smaller skilled defensemen. After a brief stint in Sweden Rafalski moved to Finland where he became the first ever non Finnish player to win the Kultainen kypärä award for best player in the league. In 1999 he was named best hockey player in the world not playing in the NHL and that same year signed a contract with the New Jersey Devils. With his partner Scott Stevens the Devils won the cup in his first year and he would add two more rings to his fingers with the Red Wings and Devils, along with two other finals appearances. Rafalski represented team USA at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, where he took home a silver medal. He was also on the US teams in the 2004 World Cup of Hockey and 2006 Olympics. In 2010 he was an alternate captain for team USA in Vancouver, where they again took home silver. Rafalski is retiring this year after what can only be described as an improbable and stellar career. He played the final playoff games in his career without an ACL, and has now decided he wants to spend more time with his family.