25th National Hockey League All-Star Game

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25th NHL All-Star Game
123 Total
East 021 3
West 110 2
DateJanuary 25, 1972
ArenaMetropolitan Sports Center
MVPBobby Orr (Boston)
← 1971 1973 →

The 25th National Hockey League All-Star Game was held in the Metropolitan Sports Center in Bloomington, home of the Minnesota North Stars, on January 25, 1972. It was the first and only time the All-Star Game was held at the Metropolitan Sports Center. The East Division All-Stars defeated the West Division All-Stars 3–2. Bobby Orr was named the game's most valuable player.

League business[edit]

Clarence Campbell, president of the NHL announced that the NHL was expanding to Atlanta and Long Island. Campbell also indicated that the NHL would expand by two further teams for the 1974–75 season. The executives of the Central Hockey League and the Western Hockey League met to discuss the merger of their two leagues. The merger discussions were disrupted when Daniel Myers, owner of the Salt Lake Golden Eagles, committed suicide.[1]

The game[edit]

It was the first time since 1956 that Gordie Howe did not play in the All-Star Game.


# Score Team Goalscorer (Assist(s)) Time
First period
East Goaltender in: Dryden 0:00
West Goaltender in: T. Esposito 0:00
0–0 East Penalty: Hadfield 6:22
1 1-0 West Goal: B. Hull (P. Martin, Maki) 17:01
Second period
2 2-0 West Goal: Nolet (D. Hull) 1:11
3 2-1 East Goal: Ratelle (Tremblay, Gilbert) 3:48
2–1 West Penalty: White 5:26
2–1 East Goaltender out: Dryden
Goaltender in: Villemure
2–1 West Goaltender out: T. Esposito
Goaltender in: Worsley
4 2 -2 East Goal: McKenzie (Park, Seiling) 18:45
Third period
2–2 West Penalty: White 2:28
2–2 East Penalty: Esposito 5:34
2–2 East Penalty: Tremblay 8:42
2–2 West Penalty: Mohns 19:05
5 2-3 East Goal: Esposito (Smith, Orr) (PPG) 19:16


  • East: Dryden (30:24 minutes), Villemure (29:36 minutes).
  • West: T. Esposito (30:24 minutes), Worsley (29:36 minutes).

Shots on goal

  • East (30) 09 - 08 - 13
  • West (27) 10 - 11 - 06

Referee : Bruce Hood

Linesmen : Claude Béchard, Matt Pavelich

Source: Podnieks[2]

Team Lineups[edit]

East Division All-Stars[edit]

# Nat. Player Pos. Team
1 Canada Ken Dryden Montreal Canadiens
30 Canada Gilles Villemure New York Rangers
2 Canada Brad Park New York Rangers
3 Canada J. C. Tremblay Montreal Canadiens
4 Canada Bobby Orr Boston Bruins
9 Canada Dale Tallon Vancouver Canucks
16 Canada Rod Seiling New York Rangers
20 Canada Dallas Smith Boston Bruins
5 Canada Red Berenson C Detroit Red Wings
6 Canada Rick Martin LW Buffalo Sabres
7 Canada Phil Esposito C Boston Bruins
8 Canada Rod Gilbert RW New York Rangers
10 Canada Gilbert Perreault C Buffalo Sabres
11 Canada Vic Hadfield LW New York Rangers
12 Canada Yvan Cournoyer RW Montreal Canadiens
17 Canada Paul Henderson LW Toronto Maple Leafs
18 Canada John McKenzie RW Boston Bruins
19 Canada Jean Ratelle C New York Rangers
27 Canada Frank Mahovlich LW Montreal Canadiens

West Division All-Stars[edit]

# Nat. Player Pos. Team
1 Canada Gump Worsley Minnesota North Stars
35 Canada Tony Esposito Chicago Black Hawks
2 Canada Bill White Chicago Black Hawks
3 Canada Keith Magnuson Chicago Black Hawks
4 Canada Ted Harris Minnesota North Stars
5 Canada Carol Vadnais California Golden Seals
6 Canada Doug Mohns Minnesota North Stars
12 Canada Pat Stapleton Chicago Black Hawks
7 Canada Garry Unger RW St. Louis Blues
8 Canada Bill Goldsworthy RW Minnesota North Stars
9 Canada Bobby Hull LW Chicago Black Hawks
10 Canada Dennis Hull LW Chicago Black Hawks
11 Canada Ross Lonsberry LW Los Angeles Kings
14 Canada Pit Martin C Chicago Black Hawks
15 Canada Bobby Clarke C Philadelphia Flyers
16 Canada Chico Maki RW Chicago Black Hawks
17 Canada Simon Nolet RW Philadelphia Flyers
21 Canada Stan Mikita C Chicago Black Hawks
22 Canada Greg Polis LW Pittsburgh Penguins

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

Source: Podnieks[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Podnieks 2000, pp. 118–119.
  2. ^ a b Podnieks 2000, p. 123.
  • Podnieks, Andrew (2000). The NHL All-Star Game: 50 years of tradition. Toronto: HarperCollins. ISBN 0-00-200058-X.