Chad Irvine

Chad Irvine

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I grew up in Detroit, Michigan and was raised on Hockey. I would watch every game I could and still do today. The Red Wings are my passion as well as NASCAR and Jeff Gordon. I am a broadcaster at WVUB-HD in Vincennes, IN and was an award winning sports announcer at WHJE Radio in Carmel, Indiana. I love sports more than almost everybody out there, If it's sports, and it's on I'll watch it.

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  • Jerry Amernic posted 226 days ago

    Jerry Amernic

    Hi Chad. The topic of who are the best NHL defensemen of all time recently came up, so I did a Google seach and came across your list. I don't know how old you are, but I gather you're from the post-Bobby Orr era. While Niklas Lidstrom is no doubt one of the greatest defenders ever, putting him ahead of Orr is patently ridiculous. Lidstrom was a machine who never made mistakes, but ask yourself this question. Would any hockey fan or pundit make the claim that Lidstrom is the greatest player of all time? No. But even today countless people say Orr is still the best player to ever play the game.I lived through the Orr era, and Gretzky, Lemieux, etc. No player -- none -- controlled a game like Orr, and he did so offensively as well as defensively. So please revise your list. When it comes to defensemen, there is Orr and then there is everyone else. And believe me, the gap between no. 1 and whoever you rate next is HUGE.

    All the best!

    Jerry Amernic