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Chicago Blackhawks All-Decade Team of the 1980s

Denis Savard, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
Denis Savard, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images) /
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Chicago Blackhawks, Troy Murray
Chicago Blackhawks, Troy Murray (Photo by Graig Abel/Getty Images) /

Forwards

Down the middle, we’re going with Denis Savard. The 3rd overall pick from the 1980 amateur draft (the Hawks have a penchant for picking fantastic centers 3rd overall, huh), he lit up the league right away with 75pts in 76 games as a rookie, placing 5th in Calder voting.

Savard gives us 881 games and 1096 points in a Hawks sweater and is enshrined in the HHoF in Toronto.  Especially in the 80s, when he was at the height of his offensive prowess with four seasons of 115+ points, three seasons of 40+ goals, and a high of 131 in the 1987-88 season. Savard can do it all- score goals, set up teammates, name it. He owns the record for 3rd most points in Blackhawks history with 1096, trailing only Stan Mikita and Bobby Hull. Savard is a can’t miss, number 1 center who gives us high-octane offense during his entire tenure in the 80s.

On Denis Savard’s right-wing, we’re giving him Steve Larmer. Larmer isn’t enshrined in Toronto, but as one of the best two-way wings of his time, he does have an argument. He had an ironman streak spanning 10 seasons (1982-83 to 1992-93) and recorded 677 points in 640 games during the 80s. Larmer eclipsed 80 points six times during the decade and scored at least 40 goals four times. His efforts won him the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s top rookie in 82-83 and placed him on the first all-rookie team

Larmer didn’t rack up the individual rewards that his peers did and he’ll miss his shot at the Hall because of it, but he’s a fantastic hockey player that we’re ecstatic to add to our all-decade squad. Especially while he’s also focusing more on offense early in his career.

Our final forward position is going to go to Troy Murray. Murray gives us the Selke-calibre defense and some solid offense during the 80s. He wasn’t a superstar by any means, but he did record six seasons of 50+ points, including a 66, a 71, and a 99pt season. He hit his offensive peak right in the middle of the decade, won a Selke, and was top 10 in voting two other times. He balances our forward depth and allows us to score in spades as well as keep pucks out of our zone, making the job on our defense and goaltender much easier.

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