Sunday, January 12, 2014
How Many NHLers Over 40+
So Brian Rafalski fancy's himself a hockey player again?? Apparently so according to the Florida Everblades of the ECHL. They signed the 40 year old to a contract, despite his absence from play for the last three seasons.
Rafalski retired during the 2010-11 season when he took a knee injury to put him on the shelf. At the Winter Classic in Detroit a few weeks ago, Brian strapped them on for the Alumni game and apparently got the bug that many players do after retirement. With 3 Stanley Cups, 2 Silver Medals and a couple All-Star appearances, Rafalski is apparently looking to add an ECHL title to his trophy case.
Considering the soft play of the Alumni game, there is no telling really how conditioned he is to play or if he can get back to the professional level. Since his expertise was always on the power play, I'm sure he will see lots of ice time for the Everblades and get his shot to move up (if that's what he wants to do).
It will be interesting to see what comes of this.
That got me thinking...I wonder how many players in the NHL are over the age of 40?
If my count is correct, I get 6...Martin Brodeur, Ray Whitney, Jaromir Jagr, Teemu Selanne, Daniel Alfredsson, and Nikolai Khabibulin (eventhough he's on IR). Did I miss any?