de·fense·man | \-mən, -ˌman\

Definition of defenseman 

: a player in a sport (such as hockey) who is assigned to a defensive zone or position

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The additions come on the heels of the Flames acquiring center Elias Lindholm and defenseman Noah Hanifin in a trade that sent defenseman Dougie Hamilton, winger Micheal Ferland and college prospect Adam Fox to Carolina. John Wawrow, The Seattle Times, "James Neal signs 5-year, $28.75 million contract with Flames," 2 July 2018 Ottawa sent forward Hoffman, defenseman Cody Donaghey and their fifth-round choice in the 2020 NHL draft to the Sharks in exchange for forward Mikkel Boedker, defenseman Julius Bergman and a sixth-round draft pick in 2020, the team announced. Jenna West,, "Senators Trade Mike Hoffman After Allegations His Girlfriend Harassed Teammate's Wife," 19 June 2018 The Caps’ defenseman was having a pretty good game before that moment after scoring his first goal in 220 games, a drought that dated back to February 26, 2016. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "Capitals player had part of finger sliced off, reattached during Stanley Cup Final," 14 June 2018 Mirco Mueller also sat as New Jersey dressed six defensemen instead of seven used in Game 2. Tom Canavan,, "Devils rally to handle Lightning 5-2 in Game 3," 16 Apr. 2018 Unlike Ekman-Larsson, who leads Arizona defensemen with 40 points this season, Schenn is not known for his defense. Richard Morin, azcentral, "In wake of injuries, defenseman Luke Schenn getting new opportunity with Arizona Coyotes," 31 Mar. 2018 The 5-foot-10, 185-pound Denis leads Walleye defensemen in points., "Regional Digest: Tom Browning At World Series Club Dinner," 14 Mar. 2018 In addition, the Panthers have defensemen who contribute mightily to the attack, most notably Keith Yandle, who had three assists on Thursday and has 39 on the season; Aaron Ekblad, who has 13 goals; and Mike Matheson, who has nine. Walter Villa, miamiherald, "Florida Panthers’ BB&T Center is a house of horrors for opponents | Miami Herald," 8 Mar. 2018 And the Dallas Stars' John Klingberg, who leads all league defensemen with 50 points, doesn’t like it. Stephen Hunt, star-telegram, "PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games: No Dallas Stars, NHL | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 8 Feb. 2018

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1877, in the meaning defined above

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: a player in a sport (such as hockey) who tries to stop the other team from scoring

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