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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Recent Examples on the Web And with 12 assists this season, Carrier became the first defenseman in the franchise’s 19 seasons in the AHL to record more than 100 assists. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'We're resetting the table': Every game is different, but the Admirals' next one could be special," 27 Nov. 2019 In Florida’s matchup against the Buffalo Sabres at the BB&T Center, the 33-year-old defenseman was on the ice, playing in his 821st consecutive game. Wells Dusenbury,, "Panthers’ Keith Yandle lost 9 teeth on Saturday. He still played on Sunday, continuing his Iron Man streak," 24 Nov. 2019 The Avs’ 6-foot-6 shutdown defenseman took an errant puck to his mouth/chin area on Thursday, Nov. 7, against Nashville, causing a 15-stitch flesh wound, caved-in teeth and a broken jaw. Mike Chambers, The Denver Post, "How Avalanche’s Nikita Zadorov returned to the ice days after breaking his jaw," 24 Nov. 2019 The 21-year-old defenseman lost a footrace on one goal, and failed to assert himself in front of Detroit’s net on another. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "What Detroit Red Wings liked and disliked in rough loss to Ottawa Senators," 20 Nov. 2019 The defenseman has played his entire career with the Flames and has eight assists in 21 games this season, averaging more than 19 minutes a game. Mike Brehm, USA TODAY, "Calgary Flames defenseman TJ Brodie collapses, goes into convulsions during practice," 15 Nov. 2019 The defenseman has been out since Oct. 22 when the Hawks placed him on long-term injured reserve, a designation that required him to miss at least 24 days. Jimmy Greenfield,, "Connor Murphy had late nights out while the Blackhawks were on the road. But he wasn’t eating chicken wings — he was rehabbing at the team’s practice facility.," 14 Nov. 2019 Not only did rehab prevent Chychrun from not participating in training camp, which is a vital process for budding NHL players, but the young defenseman had to battle much more than opposing forwards on the ice. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Arizona Coyotes' Jakob Chychrun flashing potential after battling chronic pain last season," 9 Nov. 2019 The Winterhawks defensemen really struggled to move the puck. Dylan Bumbarger, oregonlive, "Flat Winterhawks fall to Vancouver 3-1," 9 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of defenseman

1877, in the meaning defined above

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30 Nov 2019

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“Defenseman.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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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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