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The Top Ten Greatest NHL Defensemen of All Time

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10.) Eddie Shore

  • Eddie Shore played for the Regina Capitals, the Edmonton Eskimos, the Boston Bruins, and the New York Americans.
  • 2 Time Stanley Cup Champion (1929, 1939)
  • 4 Time Hart Memorial Trophy Winner (1933, 1935, 1936, 1938)

9.) Scott Stevens

  • Scott Stevens played for the Washington Capitals, the St. Louis Blues, and the New Jersey Devils.
  • 3 Time Stanley Cup Champion (1995, 2000, 2003)
  • Conn Smythe Trophy Winner (2000)

8.) Chris Chelios

  • Chris Chelios played for the Montreal Canadiens, the Chicago Blackhawks, the Detroit Red Wings, and the Atlanta Thrashers.
  • 3 Time Stanley Cup Champion (1985, 2002, 2008)
  • 3 Time James Norris Memorial Trophy Winner (1989, 1993, 1996)

7.) Larry Robinson

  • Larry Robinson played for the Montreal Canadiens and the Los Angeles Kings.
  • Conn Smythe Trophy Winner (1978)
  • 2 Time James Norris Memorial Trophy Winner (1977, 1980)

6.) Denis Potvin

  • Denis Potvin played for the New York Islanders.
  • Calder Memorial Trophy Winner (1974)
  • 3 Time James Norris Memorial Trophy Winner (1976, 1978, 1979)

5.) Doug Harvey

  • Doug Harvey played for the Montreal Canadiens, the New York Rangers, the St. Louis Blues, the Detroit Red Wings, the Baltimore Clippers, the Buffalo Bisons, the Pittsburgh Hornets, and the Quebec Aces.
  • 6 Time Stanley Cup Champion (1953, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960)
  • 7 Time James Norris Memorial Trophy Winner (1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1960, 1961, 1962)

4.) Paul Coffey

  • Paul Coffey played for the Edmonton Oilers, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Los Angeles Kings, the Detroit Red Wings, the Hartford Whalers, the Philadelphia Flyers, the Chicago Blackhawks, the Carolina Hurricanes, and the Boston Bruins.
  • 4 Time Stanley Cup Champion (1984, 1985, 1987, 1991
  • Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame (2004)

3.) Nicklas Lidstrom

  • Nicklas Lidstrom played for the Detroit Red Wings.
  • 4 Time Stanley Cup Champion (1997, 1998, 2002, 2008)
  • Conn Smythe Trophy Winner (2002)

2.) Ray Bourque

  • Ray Bourque played for the Boston Bruins and the Colorado Avalanche.
  • Stanley Cup Champion (2001)
  • King Clancy Memorial Trophy Winner (1992)

1.) Bobby Orr

  • Bobby Orr played for the Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks.
  • 2 Time Stanley Cup Champion (1970, 1972)
  • 2 Time Conn Smythe Trophy Winner (1970, 1972)

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