March 14, 2016

Eight Points For Paul Coffey

March 14th, 1986. The Edmonton Oilers blast the Detroit Red Wings by an amazing score of 12-3.

Defenseman Paul Coffey leads the way with two goals and six assists, tying Philadelphia's Tom Bladon (four goals, four assists) for most points scored by a defenseman in one National Hockey League game. 

Paul Coffey is truly one of the greatest hockey players of all time, an All Star if there ever was one.

The first thing everyone thinks about when the name Paul Coffey is mentioned is his skating ability. Wearing skates several sizes too small, this guy was simply amazing. In a couple of strides he was able to glide through the neutral and offensive zones faster than those dogged checkers chasing him. He was every bit as silky smooth as he was lightning quick.

Scoring exploits are also always remembered. He retired as the 10th highest scorer in NHL history, even though he was a defenseman. Coffey tallied 396 goals and 1,135 assists for 1,531 points in 1,409 regular-season games. He added 196 points, on 59 goals and 137 assists, in 194 Stanley Cup Playoff games. He eclipsed the 100-point mark five times in his career, and set the single-season goal-scoring record for defenseman with 48 goals in 1986.

Full Paul Coffey Profile

No comments: