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Top 10 Detroit Red Wings defensemen of all time
Nicklas Lidstrom has a long list of achievements that few if any could match. (Credit: Rick Osentoski/USA TODAY Sports)

Top 10 Detroit Red Wings defensemen of all time

DETROIT (BVM) — The Detroit Red Wings have featured some of the greatest defensemen in NHL history. These are the top 10 who played for them.

10. Steve Chiasson (1986-94)

Chiasson’s career arc in Detroit followed the Red Wings’ return to relevance. The 6-foot-1 Ontario-born defenseman scored 67 goals and tallied 200 assists with the Wings. He finished with 50 assists in 1993 alone, 27 of them on the power play. Chiasson is a fan favorite who came of age along with captain Steve Yzerman and the mythical Bob Probert.

9. Larry Murphy (1997-2001)

Murphy arrived in Detroit in March of 1997, and no surprise the Wings would soon win it all. Plus they repeated as Stanley Cup champions the following year. The three-time All-Star was trusted by veteran coach Scotty Bowman. Murphy had won the 1992 Cup with Bowman in Pittsburgh. Toronto did him and the Wings a huge favor. He was the perfect complement of a player. The move breathed new life into his career.

8. Reed Larson (1977-86)

Larson made three All-Star appearances with the Red Wings. The 6-footer from Minnesota recorded 570 points (188 goals, 382 assists) during his decade in Detroit. His durability was noteworthy as well. Larson ranked among the league leaders in games played four times. He led the NHL in that category during the 1982-83 season.

7. Paul Coffey (1993-96)

Coffey captured two Norris Trophies with Edmonton, then added another with Detroit in 1995. He recorded more than a point per game in red and white. His tenure saw the team rise to Stanley Cup contenders. Coffey is now enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

6. Niklas Kronwall (2003-2019)

Kronwall imposed his gritty, hard-nosed style on the opposition. The Stockholm-born blueliner became a major player in Detroit’s 2008 drive for the Cup. In the playoffs, Kronwall posted 15 points across 22 playoff games and led all players with a plus-16 rating. He notched 185 takeaways and 1,261 blocks during his career in Detroit.

5. Chris Chelios (1999-2009)

The 37-year-old Chelios joined the Red Wings after nine seasons with Detroit’s division rival, Chicago. He hit a personal-high 7.2 defensive point shares to lead the league in 2002. Cheli claimed two Stanley Cup trophies (2002, 2008) during his time with the Wings.

4. Vladimir Konstantinov (1991-97)

The red shark stalked his prey for six seasons on skates with Detroit. Vladdy earned a place on the All-Rookie team. Konstantinov also made an all-star appearance in 1996; he had the highest plus-minus in the NHL with a plus-60 rating. A telling stat: the Red Wings made the playoffs each of his six seasons. Vladdy instilled fear in the hearts and doubt in the minds of his opponents.

3. Marcel Pronovost (1950-65)

Pronovost reached 10 All-Star seasons with Detroit in his own right. The lefty logged four Cup victories with the Red Wings. The Quebecois ranks high in numerous career categories.

2. Red Kelly (1947-60)

Kelly racked up 10 All-Star nods in the Motor City. He totaled three Lady Byng awards and a Norris Trophy in 1954, Beyond that, he was a key factor in the Wings winning four Stanley Cups in the 1950s. The Simcoe, Ontario product registered 472 points with Detroit. Kelly was inducted into Hockey’s Hall of Fame in 1969.

1. Nicklas Lidstrom (1991-2012)

The Perfect Human as he is known left quite a legacy. Lidstrom has a long list of achievements that few if any could match. The seven-time Norris Trophy winner adds a Conn Smythe prize. He helped to secure four Stanley Cups across different eras with Detroit.