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Paul Coffey

Born:June 1, 1961Draft:1980, Oilers, 6th Overall
Hometown:Weston, OntarioPosition:D
Known For:More than 30 NHL RecordsShoots/Catches:Left
National Team:Canada

Paul Douglas Coffey (born June 1, 1961) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey defenseman who played for nine teams in the National Hockey League. Known for his speed and scoring prowess, Coffey ranks second all-time among NHL defensemen in goals, assists, and points, behind only Ray Bourque. He won the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s best defenseman three times and was voted to eight end-of-season All-Star Teams (four First-Team and four Second-Team). He holds the record for the most goals by a defenseman in one season, 48 in 1985–86, and is the only defenseman to have scored 40 goals more than once, also doing it in 1983–84. He is also one of only two defensemen to score 100 points in a season more than one time, as he did it five times; Bobby Orr did it six times.

During his NHL career, he played for the Edmonton OilersPittsburgh PenguinsLos Angeles Kings, Detroit Red Wings, Hartford Whalers, Philadelphia FlyersCarolina HurricanesChicago Blackhawks, and Boston Bruins. He is a four-time Stanley Cup champion, winning three times with Edmonton and a fourth with Pittsburgh. In 2017, Coffey was named one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players in history.

Paul Coffey, Edmonton Oilers
Paul Coffey (NHL.com)

Paul Coffey Statistics

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Achievements

  • All-Time NHL Records
    • Most Goals in One Season By a Defenseman (48 in 1985–86)
    • Most Short-Handed Goals in One Season By a Defenseman (9 in 1985–86)
    • Most Assists in One Game By a Defenseman (6)
    • Most Points in One Game By a Defenseman (8, shared with Tom Bladon)
    • Most Seasons Leading the League in Scoring By a Defenseman (8)
    • Fastest NHL Defenseman to Score 1,000 Points (770 games)
    • Longest Point-Scoring Streak By a Defenseman (28 games)
    • Most 40-Goal Seasons By a Defenseman (2)
    • Most 50-Assist Seasons By a Defenseman (14)
    • Most 60-Assist Seasons By a Defenseman (11)
    • Most 70-Assist Seasons By a Defenseman (6, shared with Bobby Orr)
    • Most 80-Point Seasons By a Defenseman (8)
    • Highest Goals Per Game Average By a Defenseman in a Season (0.608)
    • Highest Career Assist Per Game Average By a Defenseman (.806, minimum 750 games)
    • Higest Career Points Per Game Average By a Defenseman (1.087, minimum 750 games)
    • Only Defenseman in NHL History to be Selected First Team All-Star Playing for Three Different Teams
    • Most PIM by a 1000-Point Defenseman (1,802)
    • Most Different Teams Played on by a 1,000-Point Scorer (9, shared with Jaromir Jagr)
    • Most Career Playoff Goals By a Defenseman (59)
    • Most Career Playoff Points By a Defenseman (196)
    • Most Playoff Goals in a Season By a Defenseman (12 in 1985)
    • Most Playoff Assists in a Season By a Defenseman (25 in 1985)
    • Most Playoff Points in a Season By a Defenseman (37 in 1985)
    • Most Points in a Playoff Series By a Defenseman (11 in 1985)
    • Most Assists in a Five-Game Playoff Series By a Defenseman (8 in 1985)
    • Most Assists in One Period in a Playoff game (3 in 1985)
    • Most Short-Handed Playoff Goals By a Defenseman (6)
    • Most Playoff Short-Handed Goals in a Season By a Defenseman (2 in 1983 and 1996)
    • Highest Playoff Plus-Minus in a Season By a Defenseman (+26 in 1985)
    • Highest Playoff Goals Per Game Average in a Season By a Defenseman (0.667 in 1985, minimum 10 playoff games)
    • Highest Playoff Assists Per Game Average in a Season By a Defenseman (1.389 in 1985, minimum five playoff games)
    • Highest Playoff Points Per Game Average in a Season By a Defenseman (2.056 in 1985)
    • Highest Career Playoff Goals Per Game Average By a Defenseman (0.304, minimum 75 games)
    • Highest Career Playoff Assists Per Game Average By a Defenseman (0.706, minimum 100 games)
    • Highest Career Playoff Points Per Game Average By a Defenseman (1.010, minimum 100 games)
  • Additional Awards and Achievements
    • Canada Cup Gold Medal — 1984, 1987, 1991
    • Canada Cup All-Star Team — 1984
    • World Cup of Hockey Silver Medal — 1996
    • James Norris Memorial Trophy — 1985, 1986, 1995
    • Played in 14 NHL All-Star Games — 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997
    • NHL First Team All-Star — 1985, 1986, 1989, 1995
    • NHL Second Team All-Star — 1982, 1983, 1984, 1990
    • Stanley Cup Champion — 1984, 1985, 1987, 1991
    • Inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame — 2004
    • No. 7 Retired by Oilers — 2005
    • Inducted into Penguins Hall of Fame — 2007

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