Michael Raffl (born 1 December 1988) is an Austrian professional ice hockey left winger currently playing for the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League (NHL). He previously played for the Philadelphia Flyers and Washington Capitals, as well as EC VSV in the Austrian ICE Hockey League (IceHL).
1 December 1988|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)|
Raffl was born on 1 December 1988 in Villach, Austria, to a hockey-playing family. His father Peter played with the Villacher SV (EC VSV) for 22 years, and served as head coach of the town's under-20 ice hockey team. Raffl and his older brother Thomas spent most of their childhood in the Villacher Stadthalle arena. Raffl said that it was "pretty popular to play hockey" in Villach, "but it wasn't professional", and it was difficult for players to head overseas and play in the National Hockey League (NHL). Growing up, he was close friends with future NHL player Michael Grabner, who lived "a two-minute walk" away from the Raffls.
On 31 May 2013 Raffl signed a one-year, entry-level contract with the Philadelphia Flyers. He began the 2013–14 season with the Flyers AHL affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms. He was recalled to the NHL on 12 October, and he scored his first career NHL goal on 9 December 2013, against Craig Anderson of the Ottawa Senators.
Raffl signed a two-year contract extension with the Flyers worth $2.2 million on 22 March 2014. Through the second year of his contract with the Flyers in the 2015–16 season, Raffl was signed remain with the organization in agreeing to a three-year deal on February 29, 2016.
Raffl's 2016–17 season was riddled with injuries and he only appeared in a career-low 52 games that season. In October 2016, Raffl was placed on injured reserve to recover from an upper-body injury. In March 2017, Raffl was injured in a game against the Colorado Avalanche and was set to be out for 6–8 weeks.
Raffl signed a two-year contract extension with the Flyers on March 26, 2019.
On November 28, 2020, Raffl was loaned by the Flyers to Villacher SV in the ICE Hockey League until the commencement of the delayed 2020–21 North American season. He played four games there before he was recalled to the Flyers.
At the NHL trade deadline on April 12, 2021, the Flyers traded Raffl to the Washington Capitals in exchange for a fifth-round draft pick. His debut with the team was delayed after suffering an upper-body injury with the Flyers, and he began practicing with the team on April 21. Raffl made his team debut the following day, replacing Daniel Sprong in a 1–0 shootout victory against the New York Islanders.
Raffl's father, Peter, is a former player who spent the entirety of his career in Austria. His brother Thomas currently plays for EC Red Bull Salzburg of EBEL. Raffl is close friends with Flyers' teammate Scott Laughton and assisted Laughton with his proposal to fiancée Chloe.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|2004–05||EC VSV||AUT U20||12||5||5||10||4||—||—||—||—||—|
|2005–06||EC VSV||AUT U20||26||11||27||38||91||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||EC VSV||AUT U20||21||23||24||47||82||—||—||—||—||—|
|2007–08||EC VSV||AUT U20||6||5||7||12||28||4||6||6||12||10|
- Malinowski, Mark (25 October 2015). "Getting To Know: Michael Raffl". The Hockey News. Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
- Isaac, Dave (14 October 2013). "Flyers' Michael Raffl does family proud". Delaware Online. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
- Morgan, Craig (8 November 2018). "Sound of hockey music: Neighbors in Austria, Raffl, Grabner proudly established in the NHL". The Athletic. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
- "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
- "FLYERS WIN RAFFL, ALSO ADD LAMARCHE". Philadelphia Flyers.com. 31 May 2013. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
- "Flyers loan Lauridsen, Raffl to Phantoms". NHL.com. 27 September 2013. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
- "Flyers recall Tye McGinn, Michael Raffl". NHL.com. 12 October 2013. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
- "Spezza scores shootout winner, lifts Sens past Flyers". cbssports.com. 9 December 2018. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
- SanFilippo, Anthony (22 March 2014). "RAFFL SIGNS EXTENSION". Philadelphia Flyers. Retrieved 22 March 2014.
- "Flyers sign Michael Raffl to multi-year extension". Philadelphia Flyers. 29 February 2016. Retrieved 11 November 2018.
- Paone, Greg (25 October 2016). "Flyers recall Taylor Leier from Lehigh Valley; Michael Raffl placed on IR". nbcsports.com. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
- "Michael Raffl of Flyers out 6–8 weeks". NHL.com. 1 March 2018. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
- "Flyers re-sign LW Michael Raffl". Philadelphia Flyers. 26 March 2019. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
- O'Connor, Charlie. "Raffl out a month with a broken pinkie. Only bad thing about tonight's game". Twitter. Retrieved 3 December 2019.
- Flyers, Philadelphia. "Roster move: We have recalled Mikhail Vorobyev from the @LVPhantoms (AHL) and placed Michael Raffl on Long-Term Injury status". Twitter. Retrieved 4 December 2019.
- Barkowitz, Ed (28 November 2020). "Flyers loan Michael Raffl to Austrian pro league team". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 10 January 2021.
- Carchidi, Sam (12 April 2021). "Flyers sign Scott Laughton; trade Michael Raffl to Washington, send Erik Gustafsson to Montreal". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 8 May 2021.
- Regan, J. J. (21 April 2021). "Raffl participates in first Caps practice, but debut remains uncertain". NBC Sports Washington. Retrieved 8 May 2021.
- Pell, Samantha (22 April 2021). "Capitals open critical series against the Islanders with a shootout victory". The Washington Post. Retrieved 8 May 2021.
- "Stars sign forward Michael Raffl to one-year contract". National Hockey League. Dallas Stars Communications. 29 July 2021. Retrieved 30 July 2021.
- Halford, Mike (31 December 2013). "Philly's Raffl named to Austrian Olympic team". NBC Sports. Retrieved 18 April 2021.
- Andrea Helfrich (8 April 2021). "EBH Episode 17: Chloe Negri". Everything but Hockey (Podcast). Retrieved 9 April 2021.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Michael Raffl.|