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The Defensive Corps

D Igor Stelnov



- Stelnov had great size - 6'0", 210 lbs. He was a no-nonsense defensive defenseman who played for CSKA Moskow for 11 seasons from 1979-1989. He was called on for numerous international competitions, including the 1984 and 1988 Olympics, the 1984 and 1987 Canada Cups, two WJCs and two WCs. He won two WC Gold medals, and two olympic Golds. He played 409 Russian league games and represented Russia internationally 153 times in total.

D Keith Carney



- Carney was a #3 defenseman for a long, solid, 1000 game career. He played great defense and was able to move the puck and provide small amounts of offense. Ice time stats available show that he was always near the top of his team's D-men in ice time right up until 2004. Carney spent more time on the ice in the 2004 playoffs than any other player on Anaheim in their 2003 Finals Run, and more per game than any New Jersey defenseman, including Stevens and Niedermayer. Carney is a career +164, a number that holds up well when adjusted (+158, 70th all-time)

D Zarley Zalapski



- Zalapski was an offensive defenseman who has some of the best point production credentials among remaining players. As already mentioned, he has been 11th, 12th, 12th among defensemen in points. He may have always left you wanting more, but what he gave you wan't bad, either. According to LOH.net, He was a great skater with speed and agility.

D Richard Matvichuk



- Matvichuk was another very solid and consistent defenseman who, in his prime, was 3rd in icetime on a very good Dallas team for five of the first six seasons when ice time was tracked. He has an immense amount of playoff experience - 123 games - and won a cup in two trips to the finals. Great size - 6'3", 215 lbs.

D Shawn Chambers



- Chambers had a relatively short career of just 625 games over 13 seasons. But in that time, he contributed to two Stanley Cup wins and went to the finals with the 1991 North Stars. In all, he played in 94 playoff games. Chambers could defend, and was useful on the powerplay. He had a respectable 235 career points, and topped 21 points eight times, with only a major injury stopping that from becoming a ten-year streak. GF and GA stats show that he was frequently used on both special teams. His value was recognized when he was named Team USA's 7th defenseman at the 1996 World Cup. (he played one game)

D Scott Hannan



- Hannan has been one of the toughest and best defensive defensemen in the NHL for over half a decade now - a poor man's Robyn Regehr. He just turned 30 but already has 67 playoff games under his belt thanks to playing in the second round six times. Hannan was a regular on Team Canada's 2004 World Cup winning team. At 6'1" and 225 lbs, Hannan can clear the crease and kill a ton of penalties. He has had 21+ points five times.


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