37th National Hockey League All-Star Game

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37th NHL All-Star Game
37th NHL All Star Game.gif
1 2 3 Total
Wales 2 2 2 6
Campbell 2 0 2 4
Date February 12, 1985
Arena Olympic Saddledome
City Calgary, Alberta
MVP Mario Lemieux (Pittsburgh)
Attendance 16,825
← 1984 1986 →

The 37th National Hockey League All-Star Game was held in the Olympic Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, home of the Calgary Flames, on February 12, 1985. The Wales Conference defeated the Campbell Conference 6–4. The game's most valuable player was Mario Lemieux, who became the only rookie to win All-Star MVP honours.

Host city[edit]

The 37th All-Star Game marked the first time the event was held in Calgary. The game was held in the two-year old Olympic Saddledome, which had been built following the Flames arrival in Calgary, and in anticipation of the 1988 Winter Olympics. A sell-out crowd of 16,825 attended the game, and the gala also sold out. In total, $100,000 was raised by the Flames which was donated to charity.[1] The traditional black-tie nature of the banquet and gala were eschewed for this game as the hosts asked attendees to dress up in western wear.[2]

Campbell Conference and Edmonton Oilers head coach Glen Sather expressed displeasure that the fans in Calgary did not let go of the Battle of Alberta for the game. He took issue with the fans booing Edmonton's Wayne Gretzky during the player introductions and the game itself. "It's embarrassing when they boo Wayne when he touches the puck. They booed him once before when he was hurt so..." For his part, Gretzky downplayed Sather's concerns: "I've certainly got nothing against them booing me. I kind of get a kick out of it."[3]

Highlights[edit]

For the first time, the NHL named honorary captains for each team. Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender Glenn Hall was named the honorary captain of the Campbell Conference, while Guy Lafleur, who had retired only three months previous, represented the Wales Conference. Lafleur returned to the game four years later, and thus became the only person to play in the NHL after serving as an honorary All-Star captain.[2] The ceremonial faceoff was performed by Canadian astronaut Marc Garneau and used a puck that he had taken into outer space.[2]

Mario Lemieux entered the game facing criticism from former NHL coach, and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation commentator, Don Cherry who stated that Lemieux was a "floater" in reference to Lemieux's lack of defensive play during the season. The 19-year-old rookie dismissed Cherry's arguments, stating that "the Penguins asked me to play offensively, not to care about my defensive play."[3] Lemieux recorded two goals, including the game winner, and added an assist to earn honours as the game's most valuable player.[4] Lemieux is the only player in All-Star Game history to win the award in his rookie year.[5]

Edmonton's Mike Krushelnyski and Boston's Ray Bourque were named the second and third stars of the game. Bourque led all players offensively by recording four assists for the Wales Conference while Krushelnyski led the Campbell Conference with three assists. Neither of the Flames representatives scored.[2] The game featured an increased European flavour when compared to previous All-Star Games.[4] Four European players participated. Swedes Anders Hedberg and Pelle Lindbergh played for the Wales Conference. Swede Thomas Gradin, Czech Miroslav Frycer and Finn Jari Kurri represented the Campbell Conference. Hedberg and Frycer each scored a goal for their respective conferences.[6]

Team Lineups[edit]

Wales Conference All-Stars[edit]

# Nat. Player Pos. Team
Goaltenders
30 United States Tom Barrasso Buffalo Sabres
31 Sweden Pelle Lindbergh Philadelphia Flyers
Defencemen
2 Canada Phil Russell New Jersey Devils
3 Canada Scott Stevens Washington Capitals
5 United States Rod Langway Washington Capitals
6 United States Mike Ramsey Buffalo Sabres
7 Canada Raymond Bourque Boston Bruins
24 United States Chris Chelios Montreal Canadiens
Forwards
9 Canada Ron Francis C Hartford Whalers
10 United States Bobby Carpenter C Washington Capitals
11 Canada Mike Gartner RW Washington Capitals
12 Canada Tim Kerr C Philadelphia Flyers
15 Sweden Anders Hedberg RW New York Rangers
16 Canada Michel Goulet LW Quebec Nordiques
17 Canada Kirk Muller C New Jersey Devils
19 Canada Bryan Trottier C New York Islanders
21 Canada Brent Sutter C New York Islanders
22 Canada Mike Bossy, Captain RW New York Islanders
27 Canada John Tonelli LW New York Islanders
66 Canada Mario Lemieux C Pittsburgh Penguins

Campbell Conference All-Stars[edit]

# Nat. Player Pos. Team
Goaltenders
31 Canada Grant Fuhr Edmonton Oilers
35 Canada Andy Moog Edmonton Oilers
Defencemen
2 Canada Al MacInnis Calgary Flames
4 Canada Kevin Lowe Edmonton Oilers
7 Canada Paul Coffey Edmonton Oilers
8 Canada Randy Carlyle Winnipeg Jets
23 Canada Paul Reinhart Calgary Flames
24 Canada Doug Wilson Chicago Black Hawks
Forwards
9 Canada Glenn Anderson RW Edmonton Oilers
10 Canada Dale Hawerchuk C Winnipeg Jets
11 Canada Brian Sutter LW St. Louis Blues
14 Czechoslovakia Miroslav Frycer RW Toronto Maple Leafs
15 Canada Paul MacLean RW Winnipeg Jets
16 Canada Marcel Dionne, Captain C Los Angeles Kings
17 Finland Jari Kurri RW Edmonton Oilers
20 Sweden Thomas Gradin C Vancouver Canucks
25 Canada John Ogrodnick LW Detroit Red Wings
26 Canada Mike Krushelnyski C Edmonton Oilers
44 Canada Steve Payne LW Minnesota North Stars
99 Canada Wayne Gretzky, Captain C Edmonton Oilers

G = Goaltenders; D = Defencemen; C = Centre; LW/RW = Left Wing/Right Wing

Game summary[edit]

Wales Conference Campbell Conference
Final score 6 4
Scoring summary
  • Francis (Kerr) 1:40 1st
  • Kerr (Goulet, Bourque) 5:31 1st
  • Hedberg (Lemieux, Chelios) 13:46 2nd
  • Lemieux (Muller, Bourque) 17:47 2nd
  • Lemieux (Bourque) 11:09 3rd
  • Gartner (Bourque) 19:51 3rd
  • Dionne (Ogrodnick) 6:33 1st
  • Frycer (Krushelnyski, Carlyle) 16:55 1st
  • Gretzky (Krushelnyski) 10:09 3rd
  • Gradin (Krushelnyski) 17:09 3rd
Penalties
  • Muller (Tripping) 14:20 1st
  • Russell (Hooking) 1:52 3rd
  • Dionne (Holding) 6:46 3rd
Shots on goal 14-10-12–36 7-10-9–26
Win/Loss WPelle Lindbergh LAndy Moog

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Podnieks, Andrew (2000), The NHL All-Star Game: 50 years of the great tradition, Toronto: HarperCollins, ISBN 0-00-200058-X 
  • Rosters: 1985 NHL All-Star Game Rosters, hockey-reference.com, retrieved 2008-09-21 
  • Box score: Wales 6, Campbell 4, Calgary Herald, 1985-02-13, p. E5 
  1. ^ Mummery, Bob (1989), Countdown to the Stanley Cup: An Illustrated History of the Calgary Flames, Polestar Book Publishers, p. 62, ISBN 0-919591-48-5 
  2. ^ a b c d Podnieks, Andrew (2000), The NHL All-Star Game: Fifty Years of the Great Tradition, Toronto: HarperCollins, pp. 187–191, ISBN 0-00-200058-X 
  3. ^ a b Duhatschek, Eric (1985-02-13), Lemieux shrugs off sour Grapes, Calgary Herald, p. E1 
  4. ^ a b Wood, Larry (1985-02-13), In a floating game, the Kid is tops, Calgary Herald, p. E1 
  5. ^ The NHL all-star game's rich history, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, 2002-01-29, retrieved 2008-09-21 
  6. ^ Wales 6, Campbell 4, Calgary Herald, 1985-02-13, p. E5