Nearly all of the records tracked by NHL statisticians have to do with points, wins, or some other individual accolades, but one that doesn't get a lot of attention is the all-time Hits leaderboard. If you had asked me 24 hours ago, 'who holds the all-time NHL record for hits by a defenseman?' I would have had zero clue.
Scott Stevens? Chris Pronger? Zdeno Chara? Literally, no clue.
Frankly, as an accolade Hits don't have the same pizzazz as goals, point streaks, or even any of the major goaltending categories. Despite their lesser popularity among statisticians, Hits play a major role in the sport of hockey; always have & always will.
According to Elliotte Friedman, Luke Schenn
surpassed Brooks Orpik to take sole ownership of the top spot of the all-time leaderboard for Hits by a defenseman. Schenn dished out 6 total hits on Saturday night, bringing his all-time record to 2,947 & counting.
For those wondering, Cal Clutterbuck
holds the all-time record - regardless of position - with 3,647, passing retired L.A. Kings forward Dustin Brown earlier this season.NHL.com
On his new accolade, Schenn said: "The cool thing is the guys at the top of that list are all honest guys. I played against a lot of them and I recognize when they're on the ice and it's usually a hard night, a hard shift."