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1970s All-Decade Team (1970-71 to 1979-80)

Who were the best hockey players from the 1970s? We’ve created two all-decade teams to honour those biggest stars from 1970-71 to 1979-80.

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Goalie: Ken Dryden

Dryden was a five-time NHL First Team All-Star with the Canadiens in the 1970s. He also won the Conn Smythe Trophy, the Calder Trophy and the Vézina Trophy (five times). He did all that in just eight NHL seasons.

Goalie: Tony Esposito

Already an NHL First Team All-Star in 1969-70 (his rookie season), Esposito was a First or Second Team All-Star four times in the 1970s. He won his second Vézina Trophy in 1971-72 (he had a 1.76 GAA) and his third in 1973-74.


Defence: Bobby Orr

Orr was an NHL First Team All-Star in five-straight seasons from 1970-71 to 1974-75 (eight-straight seasons if you go back to 1967-68). In the 1970s, he also won the Hart Trophy twice and the Art Ross Trophy once.

Defence: Brad Park

Already an NHL First Team All-Star in 1969-70, Park was a First or Second Team All-Star six times in the 1970s. Never a Norris Trophy winner, he was a runner-up five times in the 1970s (six times including 1969-70).


Defence: Denis Potvin

Potvin was an NHL First Team or Second Team All-Star five times in the 1970s. The Calder Trophy winner in 1973-74, Potvin was a three-time Norris Trophy winner in the 1970s. He became the Islanders’ team captain in 1979-80.

Defence: Larry Robinson

Robinson was a four-time NHL First Team or Second Team All-Star in the 1970s. A Conn Smythe Trophy winner in 1978 (in the midst of four-straight Stanley Cup victories), he was also a two-time Norris Trophy winner.


Left Wing: Rick Martin

In four seasons, Martin was an NHL First Team All-Star twice and an NHL Second Team All-Star twice. He also enjoyed back-to-back 50-goal seasons before coming up one goal shy of a 50-goal three-peat in 1975-76.

Left Wing: Clark Gillies

Gillies was at his best during the second half of the 1970s, winning NHL First Team All-Star honours in back-to-back campaigns. A captain for three seasons, he helped the Islanders finish first overall in the league standings in 1978-79.


Centre: Phil Esposito

Already a one-time scoring champion in 1968-69, Esposito won the Art Ross Trophy four consecutive seasons from 1970-71 to 1973-74. In the 1970s, he was an NHL First Team or NHL Second Team All-Star five times.

Centre: Bobby Clarke

Clarke won the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s most valuable player three times in the 1970s, also leading his Flyers to a pair of Stanley Cup championships in the playoffs. Clarke was an NHL First Team or Second Team All-Star four times.


Right Wing: Guy Lafleur

Lafleur was an NHL First Team All-Star in six consecutive seasons from 1974-75 to 1979-80. He was a 50-goal scorer in each of those six seasons. He won the Pearson Award three times as the league’s most outstanding player.

Right Wing: Mike Bossy

Bossy was in action for just the last three seasons of the 1970s (from 1977-78 to 1979-80), but he was a 50-goal scorer every time. A Calder Trophy winner in 1977-78, he scored a career-high 69 goals in 1978-79.


Goals Leader
1970-71 Phil Esposito
1971-72 Phil Esposito
1972-73 Phil Esposito
1973-74 Phil Esposito
1974-75 Phil Esposito
1975-76 Reggie Leach
1976-77 Steve Shutt
1977-78 Guy Lafleur
1978-79 Mike Bossy
1979-80 Danny Gare
Charlie Simmer
Blaine Stoughton
Assists Leader
1970-71 Bobby Orr
1971-72 Bobby Orr
1972-73 Phil Esposito
1973-74 Bobby Orr
1974-75 Bobby Clarke & Bobby Orr
1975-76 Bobby Clarke
1976-77 Guy Lafleur
1977-78 Bryan Trottier
1978-79 Bryan Trottier
1979-80 Wayne Gretzky
Art Ross Trophy winner
1970-71 Phil Esposito
1971-72 Phil Esposito
1972-73 Phil Esposito
1973-74 Phil Esposito
1974-75 Bobby Orr
1975-76 Guy Lafleur
1976-77 Guy Lafleur
1977-78 Guy Lafleur
1978-79 Bryan Trottier
1979-80 Marcel Dionne
Goals-Against Average Leader
1970-71 Jacques Plante
1971-72 Tony Esposito
1972-73 Ken Dryden
1973-74 Bernie Parent
1974-75 Bernie Parent
1975-76 Ken Dryden
1976-77 Michel Larocque
1977-78 Ken Dryden
1978-79 Ken Dryden
1979-80 Bob Sauvé