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Brian Rafalski?

Posted on: February 21, 2010 10:23 pm
Edited on: February 22, 2010 12:26 am

Most Americans who don't closely follow hockey have never heard the name Brian Rafalski. Now, he'll become one of the most well known Brian's in two countries.

Because of Rafalski it's so quiet in Canada right now you can hear the maple syrup freezing. That other noise coming from across the border was John Candy turning in his grave.

They're not jumping off bridges in Canada. They're jumping into ice holes.

Before the Olympics, Rafalski had four goals in 57 games for Detroit. In the Olympics alone, he's equaled that. It's an incredible outburst of a previously mostly unknown guy outside the hockey world. He was one of the catalysts in America's important victory over Canada.

Names like Lindsey Vonn, Bode Miller and Apolo Ohno are the Olympians the casual sports fan knows. Brian Rafalski wasn't a household name. Until now.

Now, you can expect Rafalski to have his own clothing line, McDonald's commercial and Nike spot. He'll also spawn a new lingo. To be Rafalski'd, i.e., to get beat down by guy who came out of nowhere.

This USA hockey team has the chance to produce an entire new generation of heroes. Their inspiring game against Canada may just be the start of something special.

It's at least the start of a new life for a man named Rafalski.

Category: Olympic Games
Tags: USA

Since: Feb 22, 2010
Posted on: February 22, 2010 6:05 pm

Brian Rafalski?

Brian Rafalski is a pretty solid defenseman all around. I live in Michigan! So i have watched Rafalski play alot for the Wings. He is kind of like Sergei Zubov not the greatest well known defenseman out there like Chara, Pronger, Lidstrom or whoever. If you ever watch him play he is probably one of the hardest guys to hit when going in the corners after him. He seems to avoid hits and still come out with the puck for a good breakout. Back when he was on the Devils i have always like watching him. He can shoot pass and is a extremely great skater. Even though he hasnt produced well on Detroit this season, doesnt mean you cant call him a weak defenseman. Lidstrom just started producing now that the Wings got most of the injured players back. This year is a rebuilding year for the Wings so in a way its to our advantage if he doesnt produce as well for a higher draft pick. Wings should make the playoffs this year and when they do they will make a run and shut down alot of teams with the depth of forwards that can also get back and play defense better than most teams. That is why the playoffs are different from the regular season. Everyones strategy changes and its a different kind of hockey.
Rafalski deserves his glory in the Olympics because he is a very wide minded defenseman that any team in the NHL would be will to accept.

Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2010 5:58 pm

Brian Rafalski?

I forgot which year, but NHL 200? on XBOX (the one with Jerome Iginla on the cover) was great. All the commentators would shout...

Rafalski! Rafalski! Rafalski!

Now, Hopefully we're talking about the same Rafalski... haha.

Since: Feb 25, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2010 3:11 pm

Brian Rafalski?

Oh my F***ing God I can't agree more, EVERY day I have to hear someone over emphasize the Bron part of his name just to remind us all he's good.

and next up the cavs hosting the heat, and le-BRON James. Wow, he is spectacular, showing the same moves and skill we've aired since he was drafted.
next up, is Lebron James God? A topic of minor debate, but we'll discuss it anyways for the next 3 hours.

Since: Feb 25, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2010 3:08 pm

Brian Rafalski?

The question is irrelevant, because the point of the article is that most people didn't know him and that there is a spawning of a new celebrity. If Freeman didn't know who he is, it doesn't matter, because the article doesn't go "Oh I knew him but everyone else didn't I'm so kewl."

Since: Sep 30, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2010 1:36 pm

Brian Rafalski?

Played for 2 of the most popular teams in the NHL. 3 stanley cups, played in 5 finals, 2 all star games, and one of the best defensemen in the NHL averaging close to 50 points a season and nobody heard of him?  How do we know more than than the CBS staff? How much do you get paid Freeman?  I want to apply for your job so I can bring some intelligence to it.

Since: Feb 22, 2010
Posted on: February 22, 2010 11:30 am

Brian Rafalski?

sorry to say, but crosby is not the best overall player in the league. He is viewed as such only because of the attention given to him by the NHL and its affiliates. I watched a game where he was taking a faceoff, he lost to the other centerman and the puck skidded to the boards and pitt actually ended up picking it up first. The announcers then proceeded to nearly scream into the microphone, " Oh what a great job by crosby to win the faceoff for his team there". Are you kidding me? Now, being a detroit native, obviously i have reserved anger for crosby, but i do give him credit for being an amazing player. However, i feel Ovechkin is a player who can be considered above crosby in talent. Id even put datsyuk or zetterberg above him. Now saying that, obviously crosby is a much higher scorer then hank or pavs but their overall game by far exceeds his. Datsyuk and zetterberg are both at the top of the league in +/- and in their giveaway/takeaway ratio. Once again, i give crosby a lot of credit for bein an amazing player, but theres no way i say hes the best. Ill give him #4 in the league at say its even close that hes the best player on his team, malkin is quite the talent as well. But as far as the stories concerned, rafalski was one of the more known people in his new jersey devil days, and anybody that plays for the detroit red wings is known throughout all of hockey. Just because no sports agencies want to cover hockey doesnt mean that us hockey fans are idiots and will believe any hacks story about a player of the game. GO USA!!! GO WINGS!!!

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: February 22, 2010 9:04 am

I just got Freeman'd

"Freeman'd" is when you read a blog by someone you've never heard of, observe that they are pomoting their own ignorance, then waste a few minutes of your life by writing something back and then concluding that by going through the effort, you are just as much as a tool as they are.  Sealed

Since: May 14, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2010 6:17 am

Brian Rafalski?

I agree. This has nothing to do with the hockey fan. Almost all hockey fans have heard of Rafalski, but the casual Olympics watching American? I doubt many of them are hockey fans - they are just watching the spectacle. I've watched more curling than I can shake a stone at, but I wouldn't call myself more than a every-fourth-year casual fan.

Anyway, defensemen are usually always the least hyped of all hockey players. The love goes to the goal scorers (usually forwards) and goaltenders. Even though Rafalski is a first line defenseman on pretty much any team in the world, he plays the most incognito position. And when you do that in a country that only follows a sport regionally, good luck getting national recognition.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2010 2:29 am
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Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2010 1:06 am

Brian Rafalski?

I'm not going to bust Freeman's balls.  He's right ... probably 90-95% of Americans couldn't have told you who Rafalski was prior to last night's game.  Sad but true.  Don't kill the messenger.

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