NHL veteran Rafalski signs with Everblades

Estero, Fla. – Florida Everblades president and general manager Craig Brush, along with head coach Greg Poss, announced that the team has come to contract terms with long-time NHL defenseman and former Olympian Brian Rafalski.

The Everblades are the ECHL affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes and Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League and the Charlotte Checkers and Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League.

Rafalski, 40, notched 515 points (79g-436a) in 11 NHL seasons, split between the New Jersey Devils and the Detroit Red Wings.

The Dearborn, Mich. native won three Stanley Cups – 2000 and 2003 with the Devils and 2008 with the Red Wings. He was also on the blue line for Team USA at the last three Winter Olympic Games, taking the Silver Medal in 2002 and 2010.