The 1980s was a decade of wide open hockey in which scoring was higher than at any other time in the modern history of the NHL.
It was also the decade that saw the league's last two true dynasties: the New York Islanders, who won four straight Stanley Cups from 1980-1983, and the Edmonton Oilers who captured four championships in five seasons, winning in 1984, 1985, 1987 and 1988. The Montreal Canadiens (1986) and Calgary Flames (1989) won the decade's other two titles.
Here is a look back at the top 10 centers of that decade of firewagon hockey. It includes their performance between 1979-80 and 1988-89 so some players who went on to greatness in the 1990s or did great things before 1980 will not have those seasons included in this list.
Feel free to comment on these or to add any players you feel I wrongly omitted. If you do this, please tell us all why the player belongs.
Enjoy our look back at the best centers of the '80s.