blue·​lin·​er ˈblü-ˌlī-nər How to pronounce blueliner (audio)
: a defenseman in ice hockey

Examples of blueliner in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Winnipeg had strong depth up front and a great goaltender, but if the two teams’ defense corps were put together for a quick draft, five of the Stars blueliners might go in the top six picks. Corey Masisak, The Denver Post, 12 May 2024 Addison, a pending RFA, showed flashes this season and his 11 assists were third-most among all blueliners. Curtis Pashelka, The Mercury News, 22 Apr. 2024 Other blueliners on the Sharks roster right now are Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Jan Rutta, Kyle Burroughs, Calen Addison, Thrun, who has a shoulder issue, and Okhotiuk. Curtis Pashelka, The Mercury News, 25 Jan. 2024 The Ohio State defender was the first Black player to ever win the honor, and was the best offensive blueliner in the NCAA last year — helping the Buckeyes to the national championship game while scoring 24 goals and 24 assists. Kat Cornetta,, 18 Sep. 2023 After picking forward after forward, the Coyotes need an elite puck-moving blueliner to help their transition and to distribute to those players. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 26 June 2023 The team’s depth made the 29-year-old blueliner the odd man out last season. Conor Ryan,, 16 June 2023 The Bruins are 25-3-0 when at least one of their blueliners has scored. Kevin Paul Dupont,, 19 Mar. 2023 Hampus Lindholm was among the Boston blueliners who kept things locked down; here, lays a heavy hit on Florida's Sam Bennett. Kevin Paul Dupont,, 23 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1974, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of blueliner was in 1974

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“Blueliner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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