A great American.
A great Michigander.
A great player.
A great man.
Brian Rafalski gave everything he had to the Wings and today announced his retirement. Unlike other players who would have stuck around to collect a paycheck, Brian opted to pursue life away from hockey and walked away from a six million dollar purse. It just goes to show that some players aren't all about the money.
There is so much that I could say about Brian. Instead of rambling on about statistics and silver medals, I'd just like to say:
Thank You Brian Rafalski for everything you did for the Detroit Red Wings, Hockey in Michigan, and USA Hockey.
They say that life begins at retirement. So Brian, Here's to your new life.
Congratulations on your retirement!