Brian Rafalski, center, scored 79 goals and had 515 points in 833 regular-season games with the Devils and Red Wings. (David Guralnick / Detroit News)
Former Red Wings defenseman Brian Rafalski has been elected to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame, it was announced Wednesday.
Rafalski, a Dearborn native, played for the Wings from 2007 through the 2010-11 season before retiring. He also played seven seasons before that with the New Jersey Devils.
He helped the Devils win the Stanley Cup in 2000 and 2003, then partnered with defensive legend Nicklas Lidstrom to help the Red Wings hoist the Cup in 2008.
Rafalski scored 79 goals and had 515 points in 833 regular-season games with the Devils and Red Wings.
Other inductees announced Wednesday included Karyn Bye Dietz, who played on the U.S. Olympic gold-medal women’s team in 1998; Jeff Sauer, college and U.S. Paralympic sled hockey coach; and Lou Vairo, former U.S. hockey assistant coach.
The induction ceremony is Dec. 4 in Minnesota.