NHL YoungStars Game

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The NHL YoungStars Game started in 2002, to replace the Heroes of Hockey Old-Timers game during the All-Star Weekend activities. The first four games were played as separate games to the actual All-Star Game, but starting in 2008, it was changed to become part of the NHL Super Skills Competition, with the winning team gaining a point for their conference. Through the years, the game had implemented different formats and rules, which still continues today. Many NHL superstars such as Roberto Luongo, Ilya Kovalchuk, Dany Heatley, Pavel Datsyuk, Marian Gaborik, and Rick Nash have all played in the YoungStars Game.

52nd National Hockey League All-Star Game (2002)[edit]

The Format[edit]

The game's format:

  • Four skaters (and one goaltender) per side.
  • The duration of the first and second periods will be 12 minutes, running time. The third period will be 11 minutes, running time, plus a final minute of stop time. There will be a four-minute break between periods.
  • If the score is tied after three periods, a sudden-death shootout will determine the winner.

The players will be divided into two teams and led behind the bench by former Los Angeles Kings player and current broadcaster Jim Fox and former NHL player, Kings head coach, and current ESPN analyst Barry Melrose.

The Game[edit]

Atlanta's rookie phenom Ilya Kovalchuk scored a half-dozen goals to pace Team Melrose to a 13–7 victory over Team Fox in the four-on-four exhibition between the league's up-and-coming stars. Kovalchuk scored four times at even strength, once short-handed, and once on a penalty shot; his sixth goal came against an empty net at the end of the game. Kovalchuk was named as the first-ever YoungStars MVP. The Edmonton Oilers' forward Mike Comrie scored three goals and added an assist to lead Team Fox in scoring.

Team Melrose Team Fox
Final Score 13 7
Head Coach Canada Barry Melrose Canada Jim Fox
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Scoring Summary
  • Heatley (Datsyuk) 4:19 1st
  • Hartnell (Tanabe) 5:13 1st
  • Kovalchuk (Richards, Hartnell) 5:37 1st
  • Kovalchuk 2 (Tanabe) 10:24 1st
  • Richards (Kovalchuk) 11:59 1st
  • Kovalchuk 3 (Legwand, Williams) 0:22 2nd
  • Legwand (Mara) 1:27 2nd
  • Huselius (Richards, Datsyuk) 3:44 2nd (GWG)
  • Legwand (Mara, Heatley) 7:17 2nd
  • Kovalchuk 4 (unassisted) 10:42 2nd (SHG)
  • Huselius (Legwand, Heatley) 7:47 3rd
  • Kovalchuk 5 (penalty shot) 9:48 3rd
  • Kovalchuk 6 (Williams, Mara) 11:38 3rd (ENG)
  • Comrie (Ribeiro, Morrow) 1:38 1st
  • Connolly (Comrie) 4:31 1st
  • Comrie (unassisted) 4:46 1st
  • Calder (Fisher, Rachunek) 5:56 2nd
  • Morrow (Ribeiro) 11:52 2nd
  • Comrie (Ribeiro) 6:35 3rd
  • Ribeiro (Calder) 11:48 3rd
Penalties
  • Luongo (delay of game) 9:24 2nd

none

Shots on Goal 10–9–10–26 18–13–13–43
Win/Loss W - Roberto Luongo L - Dan Blackburn

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53rd National Hockey League All-Star Game (2003)[edit]

The Format[edit]

It was decided that the assistant coaches of the team with the best points percentages in their respective conferences through the games of January 8 were selected as coaches for the Eastern Conference and Western Conference YoungStars, respectively.

The YoungStars players were selected by the NHL's Hockey Operations Department, in consultation with League General Managers.

The game's format:

  • The game will be played using five skaters and one goaltender per team.
  • The duration will consist of three 10-minute periods, running time with 15-second stops after goals.
  • There will be a four-minute break between periods.
  • If the score is tied after three periods, a sudden-death shootout will determine the winner.
  • The Eastern Conference is considered as the home team.

The Game[edit]

Washington's Brian Sutherby won the MVP award for the Eastern Conference YoungStars by scoring two goals and an assist as the East cruised to an easy 8–3 victory. Hometown favourite Stephen Weiss also scored a goal and an assist for the East to thrill the Panthers' fans in attendance.

East West
Final Score 8 3
Head Coaches Roger Neilson, Perry Pearn, Don Jackson
(Ottawa Senators)
Jack McIlhargey, Mike Johnson
(Vancouver Canucks)
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Scoring Summary
  • Brendl (Svitov, Hossa) 2:28 1st
  • Volchenkov (Weinhandl,Weiss) 6:26 1st
  • Weiss (unassisted) 7:06 1st
  • Sutherby (Seidenberg, Hossa) 7:58 1st (GWG)
  • Weinhandl (unassisted) 2:40 3rd
  • Pyatt (Sutherby) 7:59 3rd
  • Sutherby (Bouwmeester, Seidenberg) 9:05 3rd
  • Brendl (unassisted) 9:45 3rd
  • Hall (Nash, Schultz) 9:06 1st
  • Nash (Arnason, Hall) 9:26 1st
  • Nash (Radivojevic, Horcoff) 6:48 2nd
Penalties

none

none

Shots on Goal 11–7–11–29 3–5–5–13
Win/Loss W - Ryan Miller L - David Aebischer

54th National Hockey League All-Star Game (2004)[edit]

The Format[edit]

Instead of a regular 5-on-5 hockey game, the YoungStars game went back to the four-on-four format with each roster consisting of six forwards, four defencemen, and one goaltender. The game was played in three 10-minute running-clock periods and a four-minute intermission between each period. In addition, the head coaches of the game were Lou Nanne and Tom Reid, who were both former players of the now-relocated Minnesota North Stars.

The Game[edit]

The YoungStars game, featuring rosters composed entirely of rookies and some second-year players, saw the Western Conference YoungStars defeat the Eastern Conference 7–3. Anaheim's Joffrey Lupul scored a hat trick, San Jose's Jonathan Cheechoo picked up four assists, and Colorado goaltender Philippe Sauve was named the Game MVP, stopping 18 of 21 shots.

West East
Final score 7 3
Head coaches Lou Nanne Tom Reid
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  • Torres (Cheechoo) 6:45 1st
  • Zherdev (Ruutu) 9:35 1st
  • Ehrhoff (Zherdev) 1:35 2nd
  • Lupul (Cheechoo) 8:22 2nd (GWG)
  • Lupul (Cheechoo) 2:05 3rd
  • Bouchard (unassisted) 4:31 3rd
  • Lupul (Cheechoo) 6:42 3rd
  • Staal (Bergeron, Ryder) 5:24 1st
  • Malone (Stajan, Martin) 2:23 2nd
  • Stajan (Hunter) 8:52 3rd
Penalties

none

none

Shots on goal 8–6–10–24 9–9–3–21
Win/Loss W - Philippe Sauve L - Andrew Raycroft

55th National Hockey League All-Star Game (2007)[edit]

The Format[edit]

The YoungStars game continued playing the same format from the last All-Star weekend. The only change was that the head coaches that were named as assistant coaches in the NHL All-Star Game were chosen as the head coaches of the YoungStars Game.

The Game[edit]

The East's win was spurred by the six points from YoungStars MVP Zach Parise of the New Jersey Devils who had two goals and four assists, while Boston's Phil Kessel recorded a hat-trick just one month removed from undergoing successful surgery for testicular cancer.

East West
Final Score 9 8
Head Coaches Bob Hartley (Atlanta Thrashers) Barry Trotz (Nashville Predators)
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  • 31 -
Scoring Summary
  • Parise (Vanek, Perreault) 1:32 1st
  • Whitney (Staal, Steen) 3:35 1st
  • Meszaros (Green, Steen) 9:47 1st
  • Kessel (Ranger, Vanek) 0:26 2nd
  • Ranger (Green, Parise) 7:39 2nd
  • Meszaros 2 (Steen, Parise) 9:22 2nd
  • Kessel 2 (Green, Parise) 1:57 3rd
  • Parise 2 (Ranger, Kessel) 2:41 3rd
  • Kessel 3 (Staal, Parise) 4:00 3rd (PPG, GWG)
  • Kopitar (Weber, Jokinen) 0:27 1st
  • Jokinen (Kopitar, Trudeau) 4:30 1st
  • Kopitar 2 (Smid) 3:35 2nd
  • Carle (Wolski, Stempniak) 3:39 3rd (SHG)
  • Getzlaf (Kopitar, Weber) 4:15 3rd
  • Getzlaf 2 (Kopitar) 5:39 3rd
  • Carle 2 (Stempniak, Wolski) 7:01 3rd
  • Radulov (unassisted) 7:51 3rd
Penalties

none

  • Seabrook (hooking) 3:02 3rd
Shots on Goal

8-13-6-28

8-7-9-24

Win/Loss W - Christophe Perreault L - Simon Trudeau

56th National Hockey League All-Star Game (2008)[edit]

The Format[edit]

The YoungStars game went from three periods to two periods for a total playing time of 20 minutes (10 minutes per period). In addition, the NHL made the YoungStars game to be part of the NHL SuperSkills Competition, instead of making it a separate game and that no MVP was going to be named. Furthermore, rookie goaltenders did not participate in the game; instead it was the actual veterans that were selected to play in the regular All-Star game. Coaches for the two teams are the same head coaches that were named in the All-Star game.

The Game[edit]

Two first period goals and an assist by Brandon Dubinsky gave the East a 6-2 lead. Nicklas Backstrom added one more for the East in the second period, before the West YoungStars made it a close game by scoring four consecutive goals in less than three minutes. Dubinsky was named the MVP of the game.

East West
Final Score 7 6
Head Coaches John Paddock (Ottawa Senators) Mike Babcock (Detroit Red Wings)
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  • Clarkson (Enstrom) 0:18 1st
  • Backstrom (Dubinsky) 2:26 1st
  • Dubinsky (unassisted) 3:14 1st
  • Staal (Clarkson) 4:11 1st
  • Lucic (unassisted) 4:56 1st
  • Dubinsky 2 (Lundin) 5:41 1st
  • Backstrom 2 (unassisted) 0:34 2nd
  • Kane (unassisted) 2:57 1st
  • Mueller (Niskanen) 5:29 1st
  • Kane 2 (unassisted) 1:50 2nd
  • E. Johnson (unassisted) 3:19 2nd
  • Perron (Mueller) 3:44 2nd
  • Gagner (E. Johnson) 4:30 2nd
Penalties

none

none

Shots on Goal

12-9-21

6-10-16

Win/Loss W - Tim Thomas L - Chris Osgood

57th National Hockey League All-Star Game (2009)[edit]

The Format[edit]

The YoungStars game went back to three periods for a total playing time of 18 minutes (6 minutes per period) featuring a three-on-three (four including the goalkeeper) rookies versus sophomores format, consisting of three six-minute periods with the clock stopping only within the last minute of each game. Coaching the rookies was Luc Robitaille and for the sophomores was Pete Mahovlich. Unlike last year, YoungStars goaltenders have been named, though sophomore goaltender Carey Price has volunteered to do double duty after Erik Ersberg withdrew from the game due to injury. The game saw rookie goaltender Pekka Rinne (who replaced Steve Mason) make 20 saves in a 9-5 victory for the rookies. Rookie Blake Wheeler was named the MVP of the YoungStars game after scoring four goals.

The Game[edit]

Rookie YoungStars Sophomore YoungStars
Final Score 9 5
Head Coaches Luc Robitaille Pete Mahovlich
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Scoring Summary
  • Berglund (Wheeler, Schenn) 1st
  • Wheeler (Neal) 1st
  • Stamkos (Schenn, Boedker) 1st
  • Wheeler 2 (Doughty) 2nd
  • Wheeler 3 (Boedker, Stamkos) 2nd
  • Schenn (Berglund) 2nd
  • Stamkos 2 (Boedker) 2nd
  • Wheeler 4 (Boedker, Neal) 3rd
  • Doughty (Neal) 3rd
  • Bolland (Raymond) 1st
  • Staal (Cogliano) 2nd
  • Raymond (Perron, Bolland) 2nd
  • Staal 2 (Letang) 2nd
  • Setoguchi (Little) 3rd
Penalties

none

none

Shots on Goal

11-10-4-25

6-5-13-24

Win/Loss W - Pekka Rinne L - Carey Price
  • Milan Lucic was named to the YoungStars game, but did not play.
  • Erik Ersberg was named to the YoungStars game, but did not play.
  • Steve Mason was named to the YoungStars game, but did not play.
  • Nicklas Backstrom was named to the YoungStars game, but did not play.
  • Kris Versteeg was named to the YoungStars game, but did not dress.

YoungStars Trivia[edit]

  • Ilya Kovalchuk's performance in 2002 is still in the record books for most goals scored in a game, most goals in a period, most points in a game, and fastest two goals by a player.

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