Raffl was born in Villach, Austria, on December 1, 1988, to a hockey-playing family. His father, Peter, was a 22-year member of the Villacher SV (EC VSV) and the head coach of the town's under-20 ice hockey club. His mother, Monika, came from a family of mountaineers; her father had been an international ski mountaineer.
He has one brother, Alexander, who is also a hockey player. Alexander played junior ice hockey before turning to soccer. He currently plays for Bayern Munich and the Austrian national team.
Michael started playing hockey at a very young age. When he was only five years old, he joined his father at the Villacher SV where they both played together for four years. When Michael was nine years old, his family moved to Canada so that his father could take over as head coach at Clarkson University in New York State. There, he would go on to play center for the Clarkson Blue Knights ice hockey program.
After finishing high school in New York, Michael decided to continue his career by joining the Boston Bruins organization. He spent two seasons with their American Hockey League (AHL) team in Providence before making his NHL debut in 2015. Since then, he has played every game for the Bruins except three, all of which were due to injury. He has scored 11 goals and added 14 assists for 25 points in 82 games.
Michael Raffl (born December 1, 1988) is an Austrian professional ice hockey left winger who currently plays for the National Hockey League's Philadelphia Flyers (NHL). He formerly played for EC VSV in the Austrian Erste Bank Eishockey Liga (EBEL) and Leksands IF in the Swedish HockeyAllsvenskan. Raffl was selected by the Flyers in the first round, 27th overall, at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.
Raffl made his NHL debut on October 4, 2009, against the New York Rangers. He scored his first career goal on October 11, 2009, against Jason Broughton of the Boston Bruins. In 46 games with the Flyers this season, Raffl has 14 points.
He won a gold medal with Austria at the 2015 World Championships. The following year he helped them win the silver medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Before making it to the NHL, Raffl spent three seasons with the Vienna Capitals of the EBEL, where he became an integral part of the team's lineup. During that time, he amassed 95 points in 145 games.
Raffl was drafted by the Flyers with their first-round pick, #27 overall, at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.
Raffl, Michael Michael Raffl (born December 1, 1988) is a professional ice hockey left winger from Austria. He is presently a member of the National Hockey League's Philadelphia Flyers (NHL). Raffl formerly played for EC VSV in the Austrian Erste Bank Eishockey Liga and Leksands IF in the Swedish HockeyAllsvenskan.
He previously played in the Kontinental Hockey League for Avangard Omsk and CSKA Moscow. In addition, he has played in the Swiss National League B for SC Bern and HC Fribourg-Gottéron. Raffl was drafted by the Flyers in the second round (44th overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
On January 13, 2009, the Flyers signed Raffl to a three-year entry level contract. He made his NHL debut on January 15, 2009, against the New York Rangers, scoring his first career goal two days later against Al Montoya of the Boston Bruins. On April 5, 2009, Raffl scored his first career hat trick against Craig Anderson of the Ottawa Senators. He finished the 2008-09 season with 36 points in 49 games played.
In 2009-10, Raffl improved upon his rookie season, scoring 37 goals and adding 63 assists for 100 points in 82 games. He led all Flyers rookies in scoring and was named to the 2010 NHL All-Star Game.
He has played for the Philadelphia Flyers from the top line to the fourth line since his debut in the NHL in 2013. Raffl, a native of Villach, Austria, signed an entry-level contract with the Flyers on May 31, 2013, and made his NHL debut against the Detroit Red Wings on October 12, 2013. He scored his first career goal the next game against the Buffalo Sabres.
Raffl was selected by the Flyers in the second round (44th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft. He previously played in the Swedish Hockey League for Färjestad BK from 2010-13. During that time, he averaged over 20 minutes per game and scored 26 goals and added 39 assists for 65 points in 122 games.
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Raffl played four games for Austria at the 2014 Olympics, scoring one goal and three points. Philadelphia signed him as a free agent on May 31, 2013. He was released by the Flyers on October 7, 2013.
The Olympic tournament is an annual event where countries' national teams compete in soccer. The Games have been held in Paris, France since 1924. Men's international soccer was first introduced at the 1908 Summer Olympics in London, England. Austria has won the most gold medals with five; Germany has won the most overall medals with 21.
Michael Raffl made his debut for Austria on August 13, 2014 in a friendly match against South Africa. He scored his first goal for his country in this game. This record-breaking striker has also earned several caps for the Austrian National Team. He was included in the squad for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro but did not make an appearance. Raffl will be 33 years old when the next Olympics take place in 2020 in Tokyo, Japan.
He ended up ranking second in goals scored at the 2014 Olympics with five after American Clint Dempsey withdrew from the team before they left for China. Raffl's career high score of 14 came during a season with Liverpool in the English Premier League.
Raffl stated that while hockey was "quite popular" in Villach, "it wasn't professional," and it was impossible for players to travel overseas and play in the National Hockey League (NHL). He was good friends with future NHL star Michael Grabner, who lived "a two-minute walk" away from the Raffls when he was younger. The two would go on road trips together, sometimes with other friends, to see games outside of Austria.
Villach is a city in southwest Austria near the border with Italy. It is home to a large Austrian international airport, which serves as one of the main airports in southern Austria and is the largest by passenger traffic.
Michael Raffl was born on January 4th, 1984, in Villach. He grew up in Austria, playing hockey for Innsbruck University. He was drafted fifth overall by the New York Rangers in 2006. After three seasons with the team, he was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2009. He played only six games for Columbus before being bought out by the team. Later that year, he signed with the Vienna Capitals of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL). He stayed with the team for one season before moving to Russia to play for SKA St. Petersburg of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) in 2011. After one season in Russia, he returned to Austria where he currently plays for HC TWK Innsbruck.