Thank you for voting for the Best Defenseman of all time in Las Vegas. Most said the offensive-minded Eddie Del Grosso was the best ever but our readers here had a number of interesting votes.

Winners wlll announced on Tuesday.

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ALL-TIME BEST DEFENSEMEN IN LAS VEGAS

(Top 5 Will be Selected Including the #1 Best Defenseman)

Nominations

JASON ALLEN – AA LAS VEGAS OUTLAWS, AAA SAN DIEGO JR GULL, AAA L.A. JR KINGS

AXLE ANDERTON – UNLV

STEVEN AVALONE – AAA NEVADA STORM 16U

SETH BERGERON – AAA NEVADA STORM 16U; WSHL LAS VEGAS STORM

RYAN BOWMAN  – UNLV

HAYDEN BRECEDA — AA Las Vegas Ice Cats

VITO CARLO – WSHL Las Vegas Storm, NA3HL Atlanta Capitals

MICHAEL CHIASSON – USHL Omaha Lancers, NCAA University of Michigan

RYAN CHIASSON – NAHL Corpus Christi Ice Rays, NAHL Dubuque Fighting Saints, NAHL Wenatchee Wild

SCOTT CHISHOLM – AA Las Vegas Mustangs 

VINCENT CIAGLO – WSHL Fresno Monsters, UNLV

TJ CRAIG – AA Las Vegas Mustangs

RICHIE CROSSLEY – AA Las Vegas Ice Cats, UNLV

IAN DAVIS – UNLV

EDDIE DEL GROSSO – AA Las Vegas Mustangs, AAA San Diego Jr Gulls, USHL Indiana Ice, NCAA Nebraska-Omaha, ECHL Las Vegas Wranglers

ERIK FISCHER – AA Las Vegas Ice Cats, WSHL Ogden Mustangs

CONNOR HANEY – captain WSHL Seattle Jr Totems, HC Medvedi Beroun, Schwennigen Fire Wings

BRANDON HUMMELL – NA3HL Chicago Hitmen, MNJHL Central Wisconsin Saints

JUSTIN JOHNSON – AAA/AA Las Vegas Mustangs, BCHL Victoria Salsa

RYAN KRAMETBAUER –  HIS JERSEY WAS RETIRED BY UNLV

MORGAN MARINELLO – UNLV

JAKE MCKENNA – Defenseman of the Year WSHL Las Vegas Storm

ROSS MCMULLAN – EMJHL Boston Jr Bruins, EJHL Springfield Pics, AJHL Camrose Kodiaks, NCAA St Lawrence University, ECHL Wheeling Nailers

SPENCER POSCENTE – GMHL Meaford Knights, GMHL Sturgeon Falls Lumberjacks, NWJHL Dawson Creek Lumberjacks, VJHL Sanich Braves, WSHL Fresno Monsters, USP3HL Tri-City Ice Hawks

RICHARD PREKOP – NPHL Bellingham Blazers, WSHL Las Vegas Storm, GMHL South Muskoka Shield

JOEY RAATS – AAA Lethbridge Pronghorns, AJHL Drumheller Dragons, USHL Sioux Falls Stampede, NCAA Arizona State

CHRIS RIAL – AAA Russell Stover 18u, NAHL Witchita Wildcats, NAHL Kenai River Brown Bears, NCAA D3 St. Norbert, SPHL Columbus Cottonmouths

ANTHONY ROBONE — AA Las Vegas Outlaws, UNLV

JOSH SHIODE — AA Las Vegas Mustangs

CHRIS SIMONS

ADAM TAMURA — AA Las Vegas Mustangs

JOE TRIMBOLI – NCAA D3 NEW ENGLAND UNVERSITY

MIKE TRIMBOLI – ACHA D2 UTAH STATE, PRO HOCKEY IN GERMANY

ERIC WILLIAMS – captain WSHL Ontario Avalanche

ALEXANDER WINNIK – NAHL Alaska Avalanche

ADAM ZUCKER – UNLV

SONNY ZULOAGA – USHL Tri City Storm

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Comments

Adam Naglich, one of the best ever Las Vegas goal scorers and now an assistant coach with the AAA Vegas Golden Knights 16u team this fall: “I’m not certain about all of the younger players but in my era as a player this is an easy pick. Eddie Del Grosos is #1. I played against him in college and he was one of the best offensive dmen in the CCHA.”

Anthony Greener, a great player himself and now head coach of the UNLV Rebels: “in my opinion two of the greatest all-time Las Vegas defensemen would be either Justin Johnson or Eddie Del Grosso. Both were great skaters and could score from the point. Eddie’s hands were unreal. Justin Johnson’s skating was awesome and he had the vision to jump into a play like no other in Las Vegas.”

Richie Crossley, one of the best defensemen in Las Vegas: “My cousin Eddie Del Grosso is not only the Best Defenseman but one of the top Las Vegas players of all time. Me, I don’t know where I fit on any list but I am definitely one of the top defensemen of all time.”

Nick Robone assistant coach UNLV Rebels: “Great defensemen are consistent. The very best are the ones you do not notice. They get the job done. All of them are team first guys too and I think that is very important.”