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Capitals' All-Decade Teams: The '70s

by Mike Vogel / Washington Capitals
This season is the 35th of Capitals hockey here in the District. In honor of that milestone, we're taking a look back at some of the greats who've skated here to some of the greats who still do. Here's a look at our version of the Washington Capitals' all-decade team (23 players) for the 1970s:

G Ron Low                   Beleaguered goalie deserved a much better fate
G Bernie Wolfe             First goaltender signed by the Caps in 1974
Ron Low

D Robert Picard            Led all Caps defensemen in points in 1970s
D Leif Svensson            He and R. Edberg were first Euros to play for Caps
D Rick Green                 Drafted 1st overall in ’76; traded for Langway in ‘82
D Yvon Labre                The heart and soul of the 1970s Caps teams
D Bryan Watson            Retired as the NHL’s all-time leader in PIM
D Gord Lane                 Tough blueliner won four Cups with Isles
D Gord Smith                Known for his hip-checking ability
Yvon Labre

C Guy Charron              Led all ‘70s Caps forwards in goals, assists, points
C Ryan Walter               Youngest captain in NHL history at time in ’79-80
C Gerry Meehan            First Cap ever to win NHL player of week honors
C Ron Lalonde              Notched first hat trick in Caps history

Guy Charron

LW Tony White              25 goals in ’75-76, most by any Caps LW in ‘70s
LW Ace Bailey               Played on ’69 Hershey Calder Cup team
LW Mike Marson           Second African-Canadian player in NHL   
LW Paul Mulvey            Tough and could score, too
Mike Marson

RW Bob Sirois               Second-highest scoring Capital in 1970s
RW Tom Rowe              1st American-born player with 30-goal NHL season
RW Tommy Williams      Only American in NHL for much of ‘60s, ‘70s
RW Hartland Monahan   Had 29 assists as Caps rookie in 1975-76

Tommy Williams

F Rolf Edberg                 Swedish Player of the Year in 1977-78
F Rick Bragnalo             Starred at U. of Denver before joining Caps
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