Born: June 1, 1961
Place of Birth: Weston, Ontario
Paul Coffey is generally credited as one of hockey's greatest defensemen.
He grew up playing his minor league hockey in the Toronto area.
Coffey was noted for his scoring efforts when he was still playing for junior hockey teams.
In 1979, his second season as a junior hockey defenseman, Coffey scored 29 goals and 73 assists.
Shortly after, Paul Coffey was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the first round pick.
He was joining a young team including Wayne Gretzky that was Stanley Cup bound.
The team went on to win four National Hockey League championships.
Coffey was assigned to nine different NHL teams during his career.
He won the Norris Trophy, given to the best defenseman, on three occasions.
Upon retirement, Paul Coffey left as the highest scoring playoff defenseman and second in regular season play.
In 2005, his number 7 jersey was retired by the Edmonton Oilers.
During his career, he played on four teams representing Canada in world championship play.
Paul Coffey, noted both for his skating and scoring abilities, was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame
on his first nomination.
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