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1980s All-Decade Team (1980-81 to 1989-90)

Who were the best hockey players from the 1980s? We’ve created two all-decade teams to honour those biggest stars from 1980-81 to 1989-90.

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Goalie: Patrick Roy

In the last three seasons of the decade, Roy was a Second Team All-Star once and a First Team All-Star twice, also winning Vézina Trophy honours in 1988-89 and 1989-90. He won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP in 1986.

Goalie: Grant Fuhr

Fuhr was both a First Team and Second Team All-Star in the 1980s, also winning the Vézina Trophy as the best goaltender in 1987-88. He was the runner-up to Mario Lemieux in Hart Trophy (MVP) voting in 1987-88.


Defence: Raymond Bourque

Bourque was a First Team or Second Team All-Star in all 10 seasons from 1980-81 to 1989-90 (in fact in 17-straight seasons from 1979-80 through 1995-96). He was runner-up in Hart Trophy voting in 1986-87 and 1989-90.

Defence: Rod Langway

Langway was a First Team All-Star twice and a Second Team All-Star once in the 1980s. A two-time Norris Trophy winner, he was the runner-up to Wayne Gretzky in Hart Trophy (MVP) voting in 1983-84.


Defence: Paul Coffey

Coffey was a First Team All-Star three times and a Second Team All-Star four in the 1980s. He won the Norris Trophy as the best defenceman in 1984-85 and 1985-86. He was the runner-up in the league scoring race in 1983-84.

Defence: Mark Howe

Howe was a three-time First Team All-Star in the 1980s. He was the Flyers’ team MVP in 1985-86 and the Whalers’ Most Valuable Defenceman in 1980-81. He helped the Flyers reach the Stanley Cup final twice (1985 and 1987).


Left Wing: Michel Goulet

Goulet was a First Team All-Star three times and a Second Team All-Star twice in a six-year span during the 1980s. A two-time Canada Cup winner, he finished third in the Art Ross Trophy scoring race in 1983-84.

Left Wing: Mark Messier

Messier was a First Team All-Star twice and a Second Team All-Star once at left wing. He was later a First Team All-Star at centre in 1989-90. He won the Conn Smythe Trophy in 1984 and the Hart Trophy in 1989-90.


Centre: Wayne Gretzky

Gretzky was a First Team All-Star seven times and a Second Team All-Star three times from 1980-81 to 1989-90. He won the Hart Trophy seven times (eight-straight seasons starting in 1979-80) and the Conn Smythe Trophy twice.

Centre: Mario Lemieux

Lemieux was a Second Team All-Star twice and a First Team All-Star twice over a four-year span. He won his first Hart Trophy in 1987-88 and back-to-back Art Ross Trophies in 1987-88 and 1988-89.


Right Wing: Mike Bossy

Bossy was a First Team All-Star five times and a Second Team All-Star once in a six-year span. The runner-up in the 1981-82 NHL scoring race, he then won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the 1982 playoffs.

Right Wing: Jari Kurri

Kurri was a First Team All-Star twice and a Second Team All-Star three times in a six-year span in the 1980s. A two-time runner-up in the NHL scoring race, he scored a career-high 71 goals in 1984-85.


Goals Leader
1980-81 Mike Bossy
1981-82 Wayne Gretzky
1982-83 Wayne Gretzky
1983-84 Wayne Gretzky
1984-85 Wayne Gretzky
1985-86 Jari Kurri
1986-87 Wayne Gretzky
1987-88 Mario Lemieux
1988-89 Mario Lemieux
1989-90 Brett Hull
Assists Leader
1980-81 Wayne Gretzky
1981-82 Wayne Gretzky
1982-83 Wayne Gretzky
1983-84 Wayne Gretzky
1984-85 Wayne Gretzky
1985-86 Wayne Gretzky
1986-87 Wayne Gretzky
1987-88 Wayne Gretzky
1988-89 Wayne Gretzky & Mario Lemieux
1989-90 Wayne Gretzky
Art Ross Trophy winner
1980-81 Wayne Gretzky
1981-82 Wayne Gretzky
1982-83 Wayne Gretzky
1983-84 Wayne Gretzky
1984-85 Wayne Gretzky
1985-86 Wayne Gretzky
1986-87 Wayne Gretzky
1987-88 Mario Lemieux
1988-89 Mario Lemieux
1989-90 Wayne Gretzky
Goals-Against Average Leader
1980-81 Richard Sévigny
1981-82 Denis Herron
1982-83 Pete Peeters
1983-84 Pat Riggin
1984-85 Tom Barrasso
1985-86 Bob Froese
1986-87 Brian Hayward
1987-88 Pete Peeters
1988-89 Patrick Roy
1989-90 Mike Liut