Canadian retired professional ice hockey defenseman Paul Coffey’s son Blake Coffey has been working on his father’s footsteps as Toronto Marlboros defenseman. Paul Coffey’s not only Blake’s loyal supporter but his coach and critic as well.
“He’s good, he’s smart and he moves the puck well,” the elder Coffey said.
Born June 1, 1961 in Weston, Ontario, Paul Coffey started his career by joining the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Major Junior Hockey League for the 1978-79 season, contributing 89 points to the Soo's offense as a rookie defenseman. As an NHL amateur, Paul scored nine goals and 32 points, but it was in 1981-82 as a sophomore that Coffey really hit his stride. In his second season, Paul led all NHL defensemen with 89 points and was chosen for the NHL's Second All-Star Team. Through twenty-one NHL seasons, Paul Coffey was named to either the First or Second All-Star Team eight times, and as the Norris Trophy winner on three occasions. He also appeared in fourteen NHL All-Star Games and represented Canada at four Canada/World Cup tournaments. Paul retired as the highest scoring defenseman in NHL playoff history and the second most proficient defenseman in NHL regular season history, sitting behind Raymond Bourque in career goals, assists, and points.
Scotty Bowman, wrote in The Hockey News in November 2004, "Coffey was one of the most unique defensemen to ever play in the league. He was often referred to as a 'rover.' The biggest thing about Coffey was his tremendous speed. If he couldn't skate like he did, he would not have been able to move up and play like he did. He was like a fourth forward on most attacks."
Paul Coffey married Stephanie Coffey. After he had two children, Blake and Savannah, he retired and settled with his family in Toronto. He now has three children with wife Stephanie, Christian being his youngest child. In an interview for SOO Greyhounds, he talked about being a coach to his son,
“It’s not easy to have your dad coach you and it’s certainly not easy to have an ex NHLer coaching you because you’ve got a bit of a target on you, but he handles it well,” he said.
“Blake works hard and as a parent, that’s pretty much all you can ask for.”
Blake, a suave skating, right-handed shooting defenseman, recorded eight goals, 18 assists and 26 points in 30 games this past season. The 5-foot-9, 170-pounder was equally as instrumental at the OHL Cup last month, scoring twice and adding one assist, helping the Marlies win it all in their eighth straight appearance in the Championship Final.
“It was an awesome year,” Blake said. “Especially here at the OHL Cup, we got better as a team with every game that we played. That’s usually the mark of a character group.”
Paul Coffey now owns the Paul Coffey Nissan, located in Kitchener, Ontario and is also the owner of a Kia dealership named Paul Coffey's Bolton Kia in Bolton, Ontario. Paul Coffey may be retired but he still has a strong fan following with number of his jerseys and signed collectibles still being sold every day. Paul Coffey’s net worth has not been revealed as of date.