de·​fense·​man | \ di-ˈfen(t)s-mən How to pronounce defenseman (audio) , -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 start of Friday’s 2018 NHL draft went as projected: The Buffalo Sabres grabbed franchise defenseman Rasmus Dahlin at first overall, and the Carolina Hurricanes picked forward Andrei Svechnikov second. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings steal Filip Zadina with sixth pick in 2018 NHL draft," 22 June 2018 Most teams have scoring winger Filip Zadina ranked No. 3 behind defenseman Rasmus Dahlin and Svechnikov. Kevin Allen, USA TODAY, "NHL draft 2018: Live updates, analysis of news, rumors from first round," 22 June 2018 The Coyotes announced new contracts for defensemen Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Niklas Hjalmarsson on Sunday, the first day players were eligible to sign contract extensions with their current teams. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Coyotes announce contract extensions for Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Niklas Hjalmarsson," 1 July 2018 Matt Curley's first group of recruits features seven players — four forwards, two defensemen and one goalie. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "UAA hockey team adds 7, waits for NCAA decision on Alec Butcher," 29 June 2018 Ideally, the Kings need defensemen and more depth forwards in their system. Curtis Zupke,, "NHL draft: Kings need a scorer; time running out for Ducks to accent vets Getzlaf, Perry and Kesler," 22 June 2018 The biggest concern is a defense that must replace two starting defensemen and the entire starting rope unit. Edward Lee,, "Review & preview: Salisbury men’s lacrosse," 22 June 2018 Allen played in the celebrity pro-am tournament at TPC River Highlands alongside Charley Hoffman, ESPN personality Chris Berman, and NHL defenseman and Bolton native Ron Hainsley. Shawn Mcfarland,, "For Ray Allen, UConn Retiring His Jersey Would Be A 'Great Honor'," 21 June 2018 The next 10 to 12 options consist mainly of dynamic, smooth-skating defensemen and slick-shooting wingers who have a knack for putting the puck in the net. Jimmy Greenfield,, "Deep NHL draft has Blackhawks excited to be near top but hopeful high pick is last for a long time," 18 June 2018

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1877, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of defenseman

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

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