A Longtime NHL Debate is Still Taking Place Today Between Bobby Orr and Nicklas Lidstrom

Published August 7, 2023 at 3:45 PM
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The Debate: Bobby Orr vs. Nicklas Lidstrom - A Clash of Defensive Titans

Hockey fans have long debated who deserves the title of the greatest defenseman in NHL history - the electrifying Bobby Orr of the Boston Bruins or the calm and deadly Nicklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings.

Orr, known for his game-changing end-to-end rushes and impeccable skating, left an indelible mark on the game. Throughout his career, he amassed a remarkable collection of awards, including eight Norris Trophies and three Hart Trophies. Orr's skill and passion for the game were undeniable, leading him to two Stanley Cup victories and a place in the NHL Hall of Fame.

On the other side, Lidstrom's quiet and precise style of play made him a formidable force on the ice. His ability to strike at the right moment and capitalize on opponents' mistakes made him an assassin on the rink. Lidstrom's composed demeanor and exceptional defensive skills earned him seven Norris Trophies and a Conn Smythe Trophy. He played a staggering 1,564 games, contributing to four Stanley Cup triumphs for the Red Wings.


Both players achieved greatness in their own ways, and the debate rages on among hockey aficionados. While Orr's career was unfortunately cut short by injuries, Lidstrom's longevity and achievements have solidified his claim as one of the best defensemen of all time. Ultimately, the choice between these two legends comes down to personal preference.

So, who is your pick for the greatest defenseman in NHL history?
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A Longtime NHL Debate is Still Taking Place Today Between Bobby Orr and Nicklas Lidstrom

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Orr6396.9 %
Lidstrom23.1 %
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