A D-man History Lesson: How Are Hockey’s Modern Defensemen Trending?

Kelvin Cech

Steady contributor in multiple roles over the years at the coaches site, current head coach of the West Van Warriors Academy U18 Prep Team, former MJHL coach of the year with the Winkler Flyers and assistant coach with the UBC Thunderbirds Men's Hockey team.

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If you’re of a certain vintage, then chances are you grew up watching a much different style of defenseman than we’re seeing filling out the rosters of hockey teams all over the world. Let’s turn back the clock.

Igor Ulanov: Remember this guy? Tough as nails, a simple game, and eagerly willing to block shots with his face.

Jason Smith: A feared competitor, entering the offensive zone on Smith’s side while he patrolled the blue line for the Edmonton Oilers and Philadelphia Flyers must have . . .

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