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Definition: One of two players on the ice whose primary job is to protect the goaltender and prevent goals against. Defensemen can be easily identified before a faceoff, as the two players who line up closest to their own goaltender.
Also Known As: rearguard, defender, D-man, backliner, blueliner, "D"
Alternate Spellings: defenceman
The Hockey Glossary: D to G

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