Originally written June 21, 2012 on Nightmare on Helm Street:
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Hey Mr. Parise?  Mind if I call you Zach? There's a million reasons out there why you should pick Detroit over New Jersey (and the rest of the field).  But I'd like to introduce you to a guy who's been there before.   He's another another American, a fellow Olympian that you probably know pretty well.  He made a similar decision not that long ago and would like to talk to you about it. Zach, meet Mr. Brian Rafalski. Brian Rafalski was a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the New Jersey Devils before joining his hometown Red Wings and winning the NHL title two days ago. While all three championships were special, the victory celebrations don't compare, the defenseman from Dearborn said. Rafalski was asked if Friday's parade was like the 2000 and 2003 Cup celebrations in New Jersey that were held on the sprawling blacktop outside the team's former arena. "It's way better than a parking lot," he joked. Not convinced yet Zach? Hit the jump ...
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