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.
You forget how good [Nieuwendyk] was. You hear the points and stuff and you almost forget until they kind of walk you through his career, and that was really cool for me. I might have felt it a little more than some of the other guys because he was one of my favorites growing up, but that was very cool and I'm honored to have been a part of it. I had chills the entire ceremony.
— Calgary's Joe Colborne on the "Forever a Flame" ceremony for Joe Nieuwendyk