Vancouver Canucks defenseman Luke Schenn earned himself a little piece of National Hockey League history on Saturday night when he earned a record that is a testament to his physical brand of play.
According to Rogers Media's Joey Kenward, Schenn established a new record for all-time hits by an NHL defenseman when he delivered his 6th hit of the night against the Arizona Coyotes. That hit would bring him to a career total of 2,947 hits, one more than previous record holder, former NHL defenseman Brooks Orpik (2,946 hits).
It's worth noting that the NHL only began tracking hits as an official stat in 2005 but nonetheless this could be a record that Schenn holds on to for quite some time. The only active NHL defenseman that is anywhere close to Schenn is Florida Panthers defenseman Radko Gudas who would have to make up a tremendous amount of ground with 2,348 career hits to his name currently. Add to that the fact that Schenn himself is still an active NHL defenseman and will continue adding to his total before he eventually hangs up his skates.
Here was the locker room's reaction to Schenn's big achievement:
Here are a few examples of the physicality that has earned Luke Schenn his spot at the top of the mountain: