Slap Shot Signatures Top 5 All Time NHL Defensemen
Regular Season, Playoff Games and even the Stanley Cup are won by a mixture of solid forwards and larger than life defense and stellar goaltending. There are hundreds of defensemen who have played in the NHL over the years. Some we have never had the opportunity to see play and others that are still playing in the NHL today. Here is our All Time Top 5 Defensemen in the NHL past and present. Would you pick these 5 or do you have your own list?
1) Bobby Orr – Bobby Orr is a living legend who redefined what this position could do. Joining Rushes or creating his own he was always in play! Winning eight consecutive Norris Trophies (1968-75), three Hart Trophies (1970-72) and two Art Ross Trophies (1969-70 and 1974-75) Bobby Orr is the most accomplished defenseman of all time. Of course, who can forget “The Goal”?
2) Ray Bourque – Bourque is the all-time leader amongst defensemen in goals with 410, assists with 1,169 and points 1,579. After 2 cup finals, 19 All Star Selections with the Boston Bruins, Bourque was traded to the Colorado Avalanche to try once for that elusive Stanley Cup. Winning the Cup in 2001 not only was a highlight in his career but a highlight for any hockey fan!
3) Paul Coffey – No defenseman since Bobby Orr has been as gifted. On the Oilers, the smooth-skating Coffey was deadly on the power play or the rush as a fourth man, he took advantage on chances produced by the likes of Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier and Jari Kurri After winning three Cups with Edmonton, he added another with the Penguins in 1991, making him one of the fortunate few to play with both Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux in their heydays.
4) Nicklas Lidstrom – 2015 Hall of Famer Nicklas Lidstrom, was called the perfect hockey player, a testament to his offensive skills, defense, overall acumen and gentlemanly play. This four-time Stanley Cup winner with 1,142 career points (264 goals and 878 assists) and seven Norris Trophies was perhaps the least likely superstar to make a careless error or costly play. During his 20 year career with the Red Wings he never missed the post season.
5) Doug Harvey – Described as the game’s greatest defenseman by the legendary late Jean Believeau, Doug Harvey was known for his superb skating and passing skills. He won the Norris Trophy seven times (55,56,57,58,60,61 and 62) and was named to the NHL All-Star team 11 times. He was a key player for the Montreal Canadiens on six Stanley Cup championship teams, including their record five in a row (1956-60), before moving on to the New York Rangers when Montreal traded him in 1961 as punishment for helping to organize the players’ association.