Paul Coffey spent five years of his 21-year-career with the Penguins, notching his fair share of points, awards and all-star appearances - not to mention a Stanley Cup in the 1990-91 season. In this week's Pens of the Past, we'll take a look at Paul Coffey and all he did in the black and gold.
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Paul Coffey joined the staff of the Penguins' defensive core in 1987 after serving time with the Edmonton Oilers team that has often striking comparisons to the modern day Penguins. Fuhr, Messier, Kurri, Coffey, Gretzky - 1987 was the year that Oilers class would begin to fall apart.
All but two of Coffey's record-breaking performance came while manning the blue line for the Oilers. However Pittsburgh gets a nod in one of Coffey's records - most teams played on by a 1000 point scorer (8).
The three-time Norris Trophy winner was just as deadly on the PK as he was with the man advantage. In fact, Coffey holds the record for most shorthanded goals by a defenseman with 9. On a similar note, Coffey came only two goals short in the 1985-86 tour from being the first NHL defenseman to score 50 goals in a season.
Coff could throw it down too. Note: the dead-eye accuracy with the glove throw.
On November 15 of last season, the Penguins inducted Coffey into the team's Hall of Fame. His place in the hallowed halls of the league's Hall of Fames was secured in 2004. Last I read/heard, Paul Coffey is the owner and operator of a car dealership.