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Capitals' All-Decade Teams: The '80s

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 1980s:


G Al Jensen Top career pts. pct. among Caps goalies (100 gms.)
G Pete Peeters Tough call between he and Pat Riggin
D Scott Stevens One of the best ever, played regularly at 18
D Rod Langway "Secretary of Defense," two-time Norris winner
D Larry Murphy 3rd behind Coffey, Bourque in '80s blueline scoring
D Kevin Hatcher Was even better in the '90s
D Darren Veitch Drafted 5th overall in 1980, right after Murphy
D Timo Blomqvist Injury-ridden but steady when healthy
D Greg Theberge Grandson of Hockey Hall of Famer Dit Clapper
C Dennis Maruk Caps single-season marks for assists (76), pts. (136)
C Bobby Carpenter "Can't-Miss Kid" scored 53 goals in 1984-85
C Mike Ridley Stolen from NYR in 1987, fourth all-time in goals
C Alan Haworth Plus-36 in 1985-86 remains single-season team mark
LW Dave Christian Third among all Caps forwards in scoring in 1980s
LW Geoff Courtnall Two great seasons here in the late 1980s
LW Kelly Miller One of the top defensive forwards of his day
LW Gaetan Duchesne Made team as 19-year-old 8th rounder in 1981-82
RW Mike Gartner Scored 30 or more goals year in, year out
RW Bengt Gustafsson As talented as any pre-Ovechkin Capital
RW Bobby Gould Heart and soul player, useful in many roles
RW Craig Laughlin Sixth among all Caps forwards in scoring in 1980s
F Doug Jarvis Iron Man was a face-off monster
F Greg Adams Member of the underrated "Plumbers Line"


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