Known for his speed and scoring prowess, Coffey ranks second all-time among NHL defensemen in career goals, assists, and points.
The eight-time All-Star was voted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Edmonton Oilers retired his uniform number 7 in 2005.
Coffey became the last defenseman in the 20th century to score four goals in one game, doing so in 1984. Coffey went on to post a historic post-season in the 1985 playoffs, setting records for most goals (12), assists (25), and points (37) in one playoff year by a defenseman on the way to another Stanley Cup.
He broke Bobby Orr’s record for goals in a season by a defenseman in the 1985-86 campaign, scoring 48. His 138 points that year was second only to Orr (139 in 1970-71) among defensemen.
Coffey helped Edmonton to a third Cup in 1986-87, but the deciding game against Philadelphia would be his last as an Oiler. After a monetary dispute, Coffey was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1987.
Coffey played four and a half seasons with Pittsburgh. On Dec. 22, 1990, Coffey became the second defenseman ever to record 1,000 points, doing so in a record-breaking 770 games. Coffey won a fourth Stanley Cup in 1990-91 with Pittsburgh.
He was then traded to the Los Angeles Kings. After a short stint in L.A., he was traded to Detroit, where he played for 3 1/2 seasons. In the lockout-shortened 1994-95 season, Coffey led his team in scoring for the only time in his career, and was awarded the Norris Trophy for the third time.
Coffey was traded to the Hartford Whalers at the start of the 1996-97 season but only played 20 games before being traded to Philadelphia. He played there for a season and a half, reaching the 1997 Stanley Cup Final, his seventh.
After a brief stay (10 games) with Chicago, he was traded to Carolina, where he played one and a half seasons. He would play his final season in 2000-01, with the Boston Bruins.
Coffey finished with 396 goals, 1,135 assists, and 1,531 points. He remains second to Ray Bourque in all-time career scoring by a defenseman. Coffey, however, averaged more points per game than did Bourque, having played 203 fewer games but lagging by only 48 points.