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Players Poll taken before 1980-81 season

This poll of NHL players was taken for the book NHL The World of Professional Ice Hockey by Jay Greenberg, Frank Orr and Gary Ronberg.

Wayne Gretzky won the most categories, but didn't win as best center. Bobby Clarke won the second most categories.

Best Left Wing 1 Charlie Simmer 2 Steve Shutt 3 Clark Gillies

Best Center 1 Bryan Trottier 2 Marcel Dionne 3 Wayne Gretzky

Best Right Wing 1 Guy Lafleur 2 Mike Bossy 3 Lanny McDonald

Best Defensive Forward 1 Bob Gainey 2 Bobby Clarke 3 Walt Tkaczuk

Best Offensive Defenseman 1 Denis Potvin 2 Borje Salming 3 Larry Robinson

Best Defensive Defenseman 1 Larry Robinson 2 Serge Savard 3 Dave Burrows

Best Cornerman 1 Terry O'Reilly 2 Wayne Cashman 3 Paul Holmgren

Best Goaltender 1 Tony Esposito 2 Don Edwards 3 Mike Palmateer

Player with the Best Hockey Sense
1 Wayne Gretzky 2 Marcel Dionne 3 Ulf Nilsson

Best Fore-checker 1 Bobby Clarke 2 Doug Risebrough 3 Bob Gainey

Best Back-checker 1 Bob Gainey 2 Al MacAdam 3 Bobby Clarke

Best on Face-offs 1 Bobby Clarke 2 Doug Jarvis 3 Phil Esposito

Best Wrist Shot 1 Lanny McDonald 2 Denis Potvin 3 Danny Gare

Best Stickhandler 1 Gil Perreault 2 Marcel Dionne 3 Guy Lafleur

Hardest Hitter 1 Barry Beck 2 Denis Potvin 3 Clark Gillies

Best Slap Shot 1 Reed Larson 2 Larry Robinson 3 Guy Lafleur

Best Linesman John D'Amico, Leon Stickle

Best Referee 1 Wally Harris 2 Bruce Hood 3 Andy Van Hellemond

Best Coach 1 Scotty Bowman 2 Al Arbour 3 Fred Shero

Best General Manager 1 Bill Torrey 2 Lou Nanne 3 Scotty Bowman

Favorite Arena 1 Montreal Forum 2 Maple Leaf Gardens 3 Madison Square Garden

Most Natural Talent 1 Wayne Gretzky 2 Gil Perreault 3 Guy Lafleur

Player Most Valuable to His Team 1 Wayne Gretzky 2 Guy Lafleur 3 Marcel Dionne

Best Young Player (under 23) 1 Wayne Gretzky 2 Ray Bourque 3 Bobby Smith

If You Were Starting An NHL Team From Scratch, Which Current NHL Player Wold You First Select? 1 Wayne Gretzky 2 Guy Lafleur 3 Bryan Trottier

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