Finally, our goaltender. It feels a bit like cheating because his best days were behind him, but we’ve got to go with Tony “O” Esposito. Sure, he only played four seasons in the 80s, but he was at least as good as everyone else available to us and you can’t argue Hall of Fame. Fine, Ed Belfour fits a similar mold, but he only played the 87-88 and 88-89 seasons before the decade changes. Tony O played more games than most of the goaltending options available despite playing in less than half of the decade, so he gets the nod. And again, can’t argue against having another HHoFer on our all-decade team.
That’s the wrap for the Chicago Blackhawks All-Decade team of the 1980s, our final starting roster looks like this:
Steve Larmer – Dennis Savard – Troy Murray
Doug Wilson – Bob Murray
Extra/scratched: Olzyck, Secord, Roenick
A very, very talented group who if it weren’t for that kid Wayne Gretzky and his wicked Oilers probably would have won a Stanley Cup during the decade. There are three Hockey Hall of Fame members in Savard, Wilson, and Esposito, and Larmer has a strong case for being enshrined in Toronto. Think you can come up with a better mix? Sound off on Twitter and in the comments and let us know!