blue·​lin·​er | \ ˈblü-ˌlī-nər How to pronounce blueliner (audio) \

Definition of blueliner

: a defenseman in ice hockey

Examples of blueliner in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Carlson, with a substantial scoring lead over the rest of the league’s blue liners, would be the first NHL defenseman to register 100 points since ex-Boston College star Brian Leetch (22-80—102) did it with the Rangers in 1991-92. Kevin Paul Dupont,, "Here’s why the NHL All-Star Game would be better at the start of season," 31 Jan. 2020 The 6-foot-4, 207-pound blue liner has two goals and 20 assists in 49 games with the Grand Rapids Griffins. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Top Red Wings pick Moritz Seider should have made NHL debut. Now he's back in Germany," 28 Mar. 2020 With Kampfer off the varsity roster, the Bruins are back to seven blue liners, the extra spot held for now by Connor Clifton (24 games, 2-0—2)., "The return of John Moore allows Bruins to put Steve Kampfer on waivers - The Boston Globe," 9 Dec. 2019 Carlo, usually mild mannered, was especially feisty, flipping Scheifele out of Tuukka Rask’s crease at 5:12 of the second, and getting tagged with a two-minute penalty – just an appetizer for the fourth-year Boston blue liner. Kevin Paul Dupont,, "Bruins edge Jets in rough-and-tumble affair," 31 Jan. 2020 The 6-foot-2, 187-pound blue liner won the Swedish Hockey League championship with Frolunda in 2018-19. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Why the Detroit Red Wings are calling up young defenseman Gustav Lindstrom," 6 Feb. 2020 Those 30 other big-minute blue liners landed an average 116 shots before the break. Kevin Paul Dupont,, "Here are three areas the Bruins need to work on in the second half," 27 Jan. 2020 Chara was the club’s top-hitting blue liner in six of his first eight seasons in Boston, with Seidenberg setting the pace the other two seasons., "Much has changed in the new NHL. The game is faster, the goals fewer, and the hits don’t necessarily keep on coming, certainly not as many of those big, explosive, seek-and-destroy hits that 5-10 years ago were the stock footage of video montages played on arena big screens across the league.," 22 Sep. 2019 Both blue liners, felled in Monday’s win over Washington, reported for duty in good spirits but weren’t well enough to suit up., "How about doing the same with pink toenails?," 29 Dec. 2019

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1974, in the meaning defined above

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“Blueliner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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