Brian Rafalski comes out of retirement, joins ECHL team

Former NHL defenceman Brian Rafalski has agreed to contract terms with the Florida Everblades of the ECHL.

40-year-old defenceman last played in 2011 playoffs with Detroit

Former NHL defenceman Brian Rafalski has been released by the ECHL's Florida Everblades due to lingering back pain. He collected 515 points in 11 seasons with New Jersey and Detroit. (Carlos Osorio/Associated Press/File)

Former NHL defenceman Brian Rafalski has agreed to contract terms with the Florida Everblades of the ECHL.

The team announced the news on its website Thursday.

The 40-year Rafalski had 515 points in 11 NHL seasons, split between New Jersey and Detroit. He played on three Stanley Cup winners.

Rafalski retired following the Red Wings' exit from the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Florida is a minor league affiliate for both Tampa Bay and Carolina.

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