from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A team member, as in hockey, who plays a defensive zone or position.

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  • noun Alternative spelling of defenceman.


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  • The only way I can see us landing an impact defenseman is if we trade Schultz or Alzner, and we know George McPhee loathes trading away young, cheap assets.

    Is Poti really worth the money?

  • Their best defenseman is Drew Doughty, who plays 24: 47 per game.

    Matthew Yglesias » Olympic Hockey

  • If Poti or another defenseman is unavailable look for the Capitals to recall someone from Hershey for this trip.

    Monday injury update

  • Justin Faulk (U.S. NTDP U-18) — Gets lost among all the gigantic redwoods on that U.S. blue line, but this "small" defenseman is exceptionally intelligent and mobile and knows how to play the game at both ends.

    It's Hall ... it's Seguin ... now it's Hall back in the lead!

  • Higgins opened the scoring when he beat Auld with a shot from the left side with 3 seconds remaining in defenseman Ryan O'Byrne's delay of game penalty for putting the puck over the glass.

  • At 32, the defenseman is not old by NHL standards, but considering the Coyotes have five players 21 or younger, he certainly qualifies as a veteran and knows he's a player the team counts on.

  • McDonald tied it at 15: 33 of the first, tipping in defenseman Kent Huskins 'slap shot from the left point while Sabres defenseman Nathan Paetsch was screening his goalie.

  • The All-Star defenseman is week-to-week with a groin injury. ...

  • ` ` With Kevin we don't know the extent but it's a major cut, '' Vigneault said, adding they would have to recall as defenseman from the AHL. - Hockey - Nashville vs. Vancouver

  • He bounced the puck off the boards to Savard, who took it down the left side, faked a shot from the circle to draw in defenseman Jaroslav Spacek and then centered it to Axelsson for the goal. - Hockey - Buffalo vs. Boston


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