It can be tough to play defense.
There is little glory in the task. The most recognized and objective statistics are all offensive in nature, leaving defensive contributions to go largely unnoticed on the scoresheet at the end of the night.
On the contrary, a mishap in the defensive zone is far more easily noticed than an error in the offensive zone. A defensive lapse can lead to a crucial goal and change the tide of the game dramatically.
Here, we will focus on some of the worst plays made in defensive zones, by both forwards and defensemen. The intention is not to turn these underappreciated warriors into laughingstocks, but instead to show the true impacts of their roles and the responsibilities they take on each game.
Sometimes, that responsibility simply becomes too much and gives us priceless moments like these, some of the worst defensive plays in recent NHL history.