Paul Coffey

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Paul Coffey
Hockey Hall of Fame, 2004
Paul Coffey in 2007.jpg
Coffey in 2007
Born (1961-06-01) June 1, 1961 (age 59)
Weston, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for Edmonton Oilers
Pittsburgh Penguins
Los Angeles Kings
Detroit Red Wings
Hartford Whalers
Philadelphia Flyers
Chicago Blackhawks
Carolina Hurricanes
Boston Bruins
National teamFlag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
NHL Draft 6th overall, 1980
Edmonton Oilers
Playing career 19802001

Paul Douglas Coffey (born June 1, 1961) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey defenceman who played for nine teams in the National Hockey League. Known for his speed and scoring prowess, Coffey ranks second all-time among NHL defencemen in goals, assists, and points, behind only Ray Bourque. He won the Norris Trophy as the NHL's best defenceman three times and was voted to eight end-of-season All-Star Teams (four First-Team and four Second-Team). He holds the record for the most goals by a defenceman in one season, 48 in 1985–86, and is the only defenceman to have scored 40 goals more than once, also doing it in 1983–84. He is also one of only two defencemen to score 100 points in a season more than one time, as he did it five times; Bobby Orr did it six times. Paul Coffey holds or shares 33 NHL records in the regular season and playoffs.


During his NHL career, he played for the Edmonton Oilers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Los Angeles Kings, Detroit Red Wings, Hartford Whalers, Philadelphia Flyers, Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks, and Boston Bruins. He is a four-time Stanley Cup champion, winning three times with Edmonton and a fourth with Pittsburgh.

Coffey was born in Weston, Ontario, and grew up in Malton, Ontario. The city of Mississauga renamed Malton Arena to Paul Coffey Arena and renamed Wildwood Park to Paul Coffey Park in a ceremony on September 23, 2016. [1] In 2017, Coffey was named one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players in history. [2]

Playing career

As a youth, Coffey played in the 1974 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with a minor ice hockey team from Mississauga. [3]

Coffey was drafted sixth overall by the Edmonton Oilers in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft. He blossomed in the 1981–82 season, scoring 89 points and was named a Second-Team NHL All-Star. In the Oilers' first Stanley Cup-winning season, 1983–84, he became only the second defenceman in NHL history to score 40 goals in a season and added 86 assists to finish second in point scoring. He won his first James Norris Memorial Trophy in 1984–85 while posting 37 goals and 121 points. On December 26, 1984, in a game against the Calgary Flames, Coffey became the last defenceman in the 20th century to score four goals in one game. [4] Coffey went on to post a historic post-season in the 1985 Playoffs, setting records for most goals (12), assists (25), and points (37) in one playoff year by a defenceman on the way to another Stanley Cup. He won the Norris Trophy again in 1985–86, while breaking Bobby Orr's record for goals in a season by a defenceman, scoring 48. His 138 points that year was second only to Orr (139 in 1970–71) among defencemen. [5]

Coffey helped Edmonton to a third Cup in 1986–87, but the deciding game seven that year against the Philadelphia Flyers would be his last in an Oilers' uniform. After a monetary dispute with Edmonton's head coach and general manager Glen Sather, Coffey was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1987. Upon joining Pittsburgh, he changed his uniform number from 7 to 77, which he would wear for most of the rest of his career until his final season in Boston, where he wore 74.

Coffey played four and a half seasons with Pittsburgh. On December 22, 1990, Coffey became the second defenceman to record 1,000 points, doing so in a record-breaking 770 games. Coffey won a fourth Stanley Cup in 1990–91 with Pittsburgh. During the 1992 season Coffey passed Denis Potvin to become the career leader in goals, assists, and points by a defenceman. He was then traded to the Los Angeles Kings where he was reunited with former Oilers teammates Wayne Gretzky and Jari Kurri for parts of two seasons. [6]

After his brief stint with Los Angeles, he was traded to the Detroit Red Wings where he played for three and a half seasons. In the lock-out shortened 1994–95 NHL season, Coffey led his team in scoring for the only time in his entire career, and was awarded the Norris Trophy for the third time. In the 1995 playoffs, he led all defencemen in shorthanded goals (2) while helping Detroit to the Stanley Cup Final. However, the favoured Red Wings were swept by the New Jersey Devils in four games. Coffey would then help the Red Wings to an astounding 62 regular season wins the following year, though the team would ultimately get eliminated by the Colorado Avalanche in the Western Conference Finals. During Game 1 of that series, Coffey accidentally scored on his own net after Colorado's Stephane Yelle attempted to pass the puck into the slot but it instead ended up on Coffey's stick.

After a falling out with Red Wings coach Scotty Bowman, Coffey was traded to the Hartford Whalers at the start of the 1996–97 season as part of a package to acquire Brendan Shanahan – a move that Coffey was unhappy with. [7]

Coffey only played 20 games for the Whalers before being traded to the Flyers. He played for Philadelphia for a season and a half, reaching the 1997 Stanley Cup Final, his seventh, against his former team, Detroit. Coffey's Final series was not successful, being on ice for six of Detroit's goals and was in the penalty box for a seventh when the Flyers conceded a power-play goal, ending up with no points and being minus-2 and minus-3 in the first two games, and a hit from Darren McCarty in game two left Coffey sidelined for the rest of the series with a concussion. [8]

Coffey in 2009. Paul Coffey.jpg
Coffey in 2009.
Coffey (right) and Larry Murphy are introduced during a pregame ceremony honouring the final regular season game at Mellon Arena, April 8, 2010. Paul Coffey and Larry Murphy Mellon Arena Final Game 2010-04-08.JPG
Coffey (right) and Larry Murphy are introduced during a pregame ceremony honouring the final regular season game at Mellon Arena, April 8, 2010.

After a very brief stint (10 games) with the Chicago Blackhawks, he was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes, where he played one and a half seasons. He played his final season in 2000–01 with the Boston Bruins.

During Coffey's last NHL season, Ray Bourque passed his career goals, assist and points records, and Bourque and Coffey both retired after the 2000–01 season. Coffey finished with 396 goals, 1135 assists, and 1531 points, and remains second only to Bourque in all-time career scoring by a defenceman. Coffey, however, averaged more points per game than did Bourque, having played 203 fewer games but lagging by only 48 points.

Paul Coffey was voted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004, his first year of eligibility, and the Edmonton Oilers retired his uniform number 7 in 2005.

Coffey skated with former Pittsburgh Penguins teammate Mario Lemieux in the NHL Legends Game, December 31, 2010. Mario Lemieux and Paul Coffey 2010 Alumni Game 2010-12-31.JPG
Coffey skated with former Pittsburgh Penguins teammate Mario Lemieux in the NHL Legends Game, December 31, 2010.

Post-playing career

While coaching a game for the Toronto Marlboros midget ‘AAA’ team in February 2014, Coffey was assessed a gross misconduct penalty for a discriminatory slur. The Greater Toronto Hockey League investigated the misconduct penalty and Coffey was handed a three-game suspension. [9] Coffey is a co-owner of the OJHL's Pickering Panthers. [10]


He is one of the 2016 inductees into Legends Row: Mississauga Walk of Fame.

NHL records

Regular season


Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Figures in boldface italics are NHL records for defencemen.

   Regular season   Playoffs
Season TeamLeagueGP G A Pts PIM GPGAPtsPIM
1977–78 North York Rangers OPJHL 5014334764
1977–78 Kingston Canadians OMJHL 82241150000
1978–79 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OMJHL68177289103
1979–80 Sault Ste. Marie GreyhoundsOMJHL2310213163
1979–80 Kitchener Rangers OMJHL52195271130
1980–81 Edmonton Oilers NHL 7492332130943722
1981–82 Edmonton OilersNHL8029608910651126
1982–83 Edmonton OilersNHL802967968716771414
1983–84 Edmonton OilersNHL804086126104198142221
1984–85 Edmonton OilersNHL803784121971812253744
1985–86 Edmonton OilersNHL79489013812010191030
1986–87 Edmonton OilersNHL591750674917381130
1987–88 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL4615526793
1988–89 Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL753083113195112131531
1989–90 Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL80297410395
1990–91 Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL762469931281229116
1991–92 Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL5410546462
1991–92 Los Angeles Kings NHL101452564372
1992–93 Los Angeles KingsNHL508495750
1992–93 Detroit Red Wings NHL304263027729112
1993–94 Detroit Red WingsNHL8014637710671678
1994–95 Detroit Red WingsNHL4514445872186121810
1995–96 Detroit Red WingsNHL761460749017591430
1996–97 Hartford Whalers NHL2035818
1996–97 Philadelphia Flyers NHL376202620171896
1997–98 Philadelphia FlyersNHL572272930
1998–99 Chicago Blackhawks NHL100440
1998–99 Carolina Hurricanes NHL4428102550112
1999–2000 Carolina HurricanesNHL6911294040
2000–01 Boston Bruins NHL1804430
NHL totals140939611351531180219459137196264


Medal record
Representing Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
Ice hockey
Canada Cup
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 1991 Canada
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 1987 Canada
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 1984 Canada
World Cup
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 1996 Canada
YearTeamEvent GPGAPtsPIM
1984 Canada CC 838114
1987 CanadaCC92460
1990 Canada WC 1016710
1991 CanadaCC81678
1996 Canada WCH 807712
Senior totals437313834


Personal life

Coffey is currently the owner of a Kia dealership named Paul Coffey's Bolton Kia in Bolton, Ontario.[ citation needed ] Coffey and his wife Stephanie have three children; sons Christian and Blake and daughter Savannah.

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Preceded by
Kevin Lowe
Edmonton Oilers first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Grant Fuhr
Preceded by
Rod Langway
Winner of the Norris Trophy
1985, 1986
Succeeded by
Ray Bourque
Preceded by
Ray Bourque
Winner of the Norris Trophy
Succeeded by
Chris Chelios