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Encyclopedia > Defenseman

Defenceman (defenseman in American English) is a hockey player position on the ice whose responsibility is primarily defence. To shorten the name and to give consideration to the rising number of female players, the position is sometimes referred to as just "defence". Compared to forwards defencemen are generally slower and somewhat less agile. Usually, they have stronger shots.

In regular play there are two defencemen and three forwards on the ice along with the goaltender.

Defencemen are generally divided into two rough groups. A "stay at home" defenceman is primarily a defender who takes few risks but does not score much. An offensive defenceman is one that does jump into the play and scores more often but this tactic tends to lead to more breakaways by the other team.

The greatest NHL defenceman is often considered to be Bobby Orr who surprisingly managed to win scoring titles while playing defence.

Each year the NHL presents the Norris Trophy to the best defenceman.

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Defenseman Brian Leetch (knee) is expected to be sidelined until early December.
Center Petr Nedved (elbow) and defenseman Denis Gauthier (finger) are expected to be sidelined until at least mid November.
Defenseman Dick Tarnstrom (knee) and left wings Shane Endicott (ankle) and John LeClair (fractured cheekbone) are sidelined indefinitely.
ESPN.com: Orr brought more offense to defense (1238 words)
Bobby Orr is the only defenseman to lead the league in assists, and he did it five times.
No defenseman besides Orr has ever led the league in assists; he did it five times.
Not only was the first defenseman to record 100 assists in a season, he was the first player to do so.
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