The 37-year-old defenseman recently completed his 11th NHL season and fourth with the Red Wings.
Rafalski, an undrafted free agent out of the University of Wisconsin, played several years over in Sweden and Finland before signing with the New Jersey Devils and making his debut with 5 goals and 32 points during the 1999-2000 season.
The Devils went on to win the Stanley Cup in his rookie season, the first of three championships won by Rafalski -- he was also a member of Cup-winning teams in 2003 with New Jersey and 2008 with Detroit.
Rafalski finished this past season with 4 goals and 48 points in 63 regular-season games and added 2 goals and 1 assist in 11 postseason contests.
For his career, Rafalski has totaled 79 goals and 515 points in 833 regular-season games while adding 29 goals and 100 points in 165 playoff games.
When we started our journey we made a commitment to our fans to be relevant and to see the Chicago Blackhawks become the best professional hockey organization. There are not two finer symbols of that than Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. The commitment we have made to these incredible young men is equal to the commitment they have made to our team, our fans, our entire organization and the city of Chicago.
— Chicago Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz on signing Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane to contract extensions