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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  • steven ketza posted 66 days ago

    steven ketza

    Hi Chad,

    I am also wondering exactly how you made up this listing, as a former defensemen myself, I have like anyone my bias on who should be in the top 10. But no one, not even Lindstrom has earned the prestige of Bobby Orr.

    I am 37, born at the tail end of Bobby Orr's career, so I didn't see him play myself, and to this day even my two favorite players Scott Stevens and Scott Niedermayer (whom isn't on your list btw) do not come close to the likeness of Orr, now Lindstrom is a rare breed of defense,but there is no way on this earth he has surpassed the greatness of Orr.

    I myself do not agree with Paul Coffey being on this list, aside from stats on scoring and his offensive abilities, hes more of a forward than a defensemen,

    As your other poster mention the key to Orr was not just his ability to move the puck up and down the ice, he controlled the puck, I would hear the stories and watch the old tapes of Orr and they would basically say, they should throw another puck on the ice so the rest of the players could have something to do.

    Anyways, I would like to see you revisit your list and give this consideration, Lindstrom I would say top 3 but definitely not over Orr.

    Regards,

    Steven

  • steven ketza posted 66 days ago

    steven ketza

    Hi Chad,

    I am also wondering exactly how you made up this listing, as a former defensemen myself, I have like anyone my bias on who should be in the top 10. But no one, not even Lindstrom has earned the prestige of Bobby Orr.

    I am 37, born long after the great Orr played and to this day even my two favorite players Scott Stevens and Scott Niedermayer (whom isn't on your list btw) do not come close to the likeness of Orr, now Lindstrom is a rare breed of defense,but there is no way on this earth he has surpassed the greatness of Orr.

    I myself do not agree with Paul Coffey being on this list, aside from stats on scoring and his offensive abilities, hes more of a forward than a defensemen,

    As your other poster mention the key to Orr was not just his ability to move the puck up and down the ice, he controlled the puck, I would hear the stories and watch the old tapes of Orr and they would basically say, they should throw another puck on the ice so the rest of the players could have something to do.

    Anyways, I would like to see you revisit your list and give this consideration, Lindstrom I would say top 3 but definitely not over Orr.

    Regards,

    Steven

  • Jerry Amernic posted 320 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