Rafalski, 36, is the oldest player on the Team USA roster, on which the average age is 26.5 years.
He has won three Stanley Cups (with New Jersey in 2000 and 2003, with Detroit in 2008) and will bring a wealth of knowledge and composure to the young American lineup. Rafalski is one of four players on the team to have a Stanley Cup ring and the only one to have gone undrafted.
He won a silver medal with Team USA at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, recording two points in five games -- including a game-tying goal during the second period of the gold medal game.
The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.
— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres