The Detroit Red Wings have announced they will hold a press conference at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Joe Louis Arena, where it's expected defenseman Brian Rafalski will announce his retirement.
The team announced GM Ken Holland and Rafalski will be in attendance, and Rafalski "will discuss his plans for his playing career."
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 games.
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.
He seemed to thrive on his own and didn't really need any push from me. I certainly don't want to get in the way of the coaches. You see how that goes sometimes. I never really worried about it and just enjoyed the ride.
— David Ekblad on his son's [Aaron Ekblad] journey to the NHL, signing with the Florida Panthers