When the discussion of who are the best defensemen in NHL history comes up, most of the opinionated brace themselves. There are not many more hockey subjects that make die-hard fans so passionate and disagreeable.
There is generally not much discussion on who ranks as the best defensemen of all time; Bobby Orr gets little argument. But the ice gets very thin after that. Some consider Doug Harvey next, while others think of Potvin, Bourque, or Robinson. Still others measure the best by the number of Stanley Cups won; a few judge the best by career point totals. The one thing that is for sure is the very best have made their mark as some of the best all around players and leaders in NHL history.
The Norris Trophy has always been the centerpiece showcasing the best all-around defensemen in the National Hockey League.