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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According to The Washington Post, Capitals forward Tom Wilson and defenseman Brooks Orpik followed suit with similarly viral keg stands of their own. Fox News, "Hockey Hall of Fame asks NHL players to stop doing keg stands on Stanley Cup," 2 Oct. 2018 The defenseman considered the best, Boqvist’s countryman Rasmus Dahlin, went to the Sabres with the first pick. David Haugh,, "'It never got in the way of his hockey:' Blackhawks pick Adam Boqvist ready for anything after dealing with dyslexia," 6 July 2018 The 47-year-old former defenseman coached the American Hockey League's Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins for parts of two seasons before serving as an NHL assistant with Pittsburgh for four years. Stephen Whyno, Houston Chronicle, "Capitals promote Todd Reirden to head coach to replace Barry Trotz," 29 June 2018 Was the top point-producing defenseman on the U.S. U-18 team in 2017-18 (36 points in 53 games). Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "NHL mock draft 2.0: Projecting Detroit Red Wings first-round picks," 21 June 2018 Keith Yandle and Aaron Ekblad anchor the defensemen. Jordan Mcpherson, miamiherald, "There’s a lot at stake for the Heat as the NBA regular season comes to a close | Miami Herald," 11 Apr. 2018 The defenseman played for five teams, including two seasons with Lightning. Stephen Ruiz,, "10 title-winning Solar Bears with NHL experience," 30 Mar. 2018 The Florida Panthers added to their depth on defense by signing defenseman Julian Melchiori to a one-year, two-way contract on Friday morning. Matthew Defranks,, "Panthers sign defenseman Julian Melchiori to play on AHL blue line," 13 July 2018 With Francois Beauchemin and Kevin Bieksa no longer in the fold, the Ducks have moved quickly to replace them with other veteran defensemen. Mike Coppinger,, "Ducks sign former Tampa Bay defenseman Andrej Sustr to one-year deal," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of defenseman

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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