Paul Douglas Coffey (June 1, 1961-) is without a doubt one of the greatest defensemen to ever lace up skates and became the second defenseman in NHL history to score 40 goals in a season in 1984 and became the second defenseman in history to score 1,000 points in 1990. The Edmonton Oilers chose Paul with the sixth overall pick of the 1980 NHL Entry Draft. The addition of Coffey on the blue line gave the Oilers tremendous speed, stickhandling, a spectacular shot from the point and an offensive touch on rushes that completed the already potent offense. Paul was one of the fastest skaters in the National Hockey League throughout his career. He helped Edmonton halt the New York Islanders run of four consecutive Stanley Cups. In 1984-85, he scored 121 points and earned his first James Norris Memorial Trophy and is the last defenseman in the 20th Century to score four goals in a single game. In 1985-86, he broke Bobby Orr’s record for goals by a defenseman and led the Oilers to their second consecutive Stanley Cup title. Paul won another Stanley Cup with the Oilers in 1987.
Coffey played 21 years in the NHL with the Oilers (1980-1987), the Pittsburgh Penguins (1987-1992), the Los Angeles Kings (1992-1993), the Detroit Red Wings (1993-1996), the Hartford Whalers (1996), the Philadelphia Flyers (1996-1998), the Chicago Blackhawks (1998), the Carolina Panthers (1998-2000) and the Boston Bruins (2000-01). He won his fourth Stanley Cup championship with the 1991 Penguins and his third Norris Trophy with the Red Wings. Paul played on 14 NHL All-Star Games and was named to four NHL All-Star First Teams. Paul Coffey finished his career with 396 regular season goals and 1,135 assists with a +294 plus/minus in 1,409 games. Coffey won four Stanley Cups with the Oilers and Penguins and scored 59 playoff goals and 137 assists in 194 postseason contests. Paul Coffey was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004. Paul is second only to fellow Hall of Famer Ray Bourque in scoring by a defenseman. In 1998, The Hockey News ranked Coffey the 28th Greatest Players in NHL history.