Skip to main content

Coffey Break: Charlie Huddy


This is Charlie Huddy. For years he was the quietly reliable defenseman with the Edmonton Oilers dynasty teams in the 1980s, often teaming with all time great Paul Coffey. While few defensemen could match Coffey's flair or point totals, Huddy was more than just a defensive anchor for the Hall of Famer.

"I stay back more often than Paul, but when I get the puck and the play is in transition I take off with it and he becomes the man who stays back. We work very well together," he reminded us.

"Coffey wasn't trapped as often this season and playing with a steady partner like Huddy seems to have worked well for both of them," said coach Glen Sather. "Some hockey people question why I put our two best offensive defensemen together, but I reason the best defense is an attack that has the puck up in the opposition's end."

Scotty Bowman agreed.

"No one wheels it to the attack or knows when the exact moment of transition takes place better than those two guys on the Oiler blueline. Not even Larry Robinson and Serge Savard when they were at their peak in Montreal."

The chemistry between Coffey and Huddy was almost instant.

"Coffey sort of adopted me when they brought me up (from the minors) at Christmas time in 1981. He helped me over the rough spots, and in practice naturally paired with me. I think Slats got the message and left us together."

Here's more on Paul Coffey and Charlie Huddy

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

100 Greatest Hockey Players Of All Time

What follows is a listing of the 100 greatest hockey players of all time, in my opinion. As discussed earlier, the definition of greatness is a very personalized endeavor and there is absolutely nothing wrong with it.
While there is no way of ever truly ranking the top 100 definitively, it is important for the creators of such lists to be open and transparent of how the came to their conclusions. That accountability allows the reader to better understand the process. 

Although admittedly I'm using a completely unscientific formula, I weigh career achievements (era statistics, awards, championships) and legacy (impact on and off ice, peak dominance) equally high. I rank player ability as the third most important ingredient, as first and foremost as a tie breaker. Hence, I'm not necessarily looking for the better player, as in text book definitions of what a hockey player should be, but for players with the greatest careers and greatest legacies. Therefore the best player is not n…

Top Ten Junior Players Of All Time

Let's take a look at the Top Ten junior players of all time. For the purposes of this list we will at players in the WHL, OHL and QMJHL only.

10. Pat Lafontaine, Verdun, QMJHL Rookie-record 104 goals, 234 points in 1982-83; major junior player of the year.

9. Denis Potvin, Ottawa, OHL 254 games, 95 goals, 234 assists, 329 points. Broke Bobby Orr's junior records.

8. John Tavares, Oshawa, OHL 215 goals, 433 points in 247 games; most goals in OHL history; eligibility rules changed to admit him at 15; 2006 major junior rookie of the year, 2007 major junior player of the year; two world juniors, named 2009 all-star, top forward and MVP.

7. Sidney Crosby, Rimouski, QMJHL 120 goals, 303 points in 121 games; two-time major junior player of the year; silver and gold with Canada at two world juniors.

6. Eric Lindros, Oshawa, OHL 97 goals, 216 points in 95 games; one Memorial Cup victory; three world junior tournaments; major junior player of the year in 1991.

5. Mike Bossy, Laval, Q…

Greatest Hockey Legends: M