NHL All-Star Teams

Voters choose 11-man teams, captains for each division

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Team Toews 17 — Team Foligno The game, which featured a number of country music acts in the festivities, was notable for both a new format instead of a single game, a four-division, three-on-three tournament was held and the appearance of John Scott , a journeyman enforcer who was voted into the game through a fan vote. Gordie Howe , Detroit Red Wings. Like the year before, players from the First and Second NHL All-Star teams were automatically awarded spots on the All-Star Game rosters an exception was Leafs goaltender Turk Broda , having won the Cup, played for the Leafs instead , with the rest of the all-stars being assembled so that each team was represented with at least three players on the All-Stars. Joe Sakic , Colorado Avalanche. East 9 — West 8. Burns, who received the other vote for division captain, was a unanimous No.

Rookies Auston Matthews, Patrik Laine among 40 selected to play in Los Angeles on Jan. 29

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In other projects Wikimedia Commons. This page was last edited on 31 August , at By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. To this extent, the NHL had the All-Star teams consist of a team of North Americans playing against a team of stars from the rest of the world.

World All-Star format lasted through the Game , the same year as the Winter Olympics , before reverting to the Eastern vs. Western Conference format in During the —11 season , the NHL announced a change to the way the teams were selected, modeled after drafts in fantasy sports. West approach was replaced by a player draft conducted by the All-Star players themselves to determine the rosters for each team.

The captains for each team now select players from a combined pool of both fan balloting and the NHL Hockey Operations Department. Beginning in , the All-Star weekend also featured the NHL YoungStars Game , an exhibition game exclusively featuring rookies, [6] playing under slightly modified rules. In this game was eliminated in favor of having the rookies compete in the skills competition.

Prior to that, there have been several occasions when benefit games and All-Star Games were played. It was held in memory of Montreal Wanderers player Hod Stuart , who had drowned three months after the Wanderers won the Stanley Cup in Bailey hit his head on the ice so hard that a priest in attendance gave him last rites.

Bailey lived for almost 60 more years, but his playing career was over. Shore was suspended for 16 games of a game season for the hit. It was the first number to be retired in the NHL. The game saw the Leafs battle against an All-Star team made of players from the other seven teams, which the Leafs won 7—3. One of the more memorable moments before the game was when Bailey presented Shore with his All-Star jersey, showing to the public that Bailey had clearly forgiven him for his actions.

Bailey also presented a trophy to NHL President Frank Calder before the game in the hope that the trophy would go to the winner of an annual All-Star Game for the benefit of injured players. Howie Morenz was one of the NHL's superstars of the s. However, his career, and eventually life, ended in a game between his Montreal Canadiens and the Chicago Black Hawks on January 28, , at the Montreal Forum. In that game, Morenz was checked by Chicago player Earl Seibert into the boards in what seemed like a normal hit.

However, as the boards were made of wood at the time, Morenz's leg shattered in five separate locations above the ankle.

He was carried off the ice on a stretcher to a hospital, where he would stay for four and a half weeks until his death from a heart attack. At one time, one visitor noted that it was as if a party was being held inside of Morenz's hospital room, complete with whiskey and beer. Morenz died on March 8 the same year, from, as teammate Aurele Joliat put it, "a broken heart" Morenz suffered a heart attack the night before. Morenz's 7 sweater, which had been hanging in its usual stall while he was in hospital, was finally retired for good.

While Morenz was in the hospital, plans for a game for Morenz's benefit were already under way. However, the game was not as successful as Bailey's game, partially because it took place many months after Morenz's passing on November 3 at the Forum and partially because Morenz had not survived.

The game saw two All-Star teams, the first being a team of stars from the Canadiens and the Montreal Maroons , the second being an All-Star team made of players from the other teams, with the latter team winning 6—5. To benefit his family, the Canadiens and Montreal Maroons organized a benefit, held on October 29, , at the Montreal Forum. The All-Stars won the game 5—2. In , the All-Star Game was moved from the start of the season to its current position in the middle of the season.

In , the Challenge Cup series replaced the game, and in it was replaced with Rendez-vous ' Lockouts disrupted the NHL season in , and and resulted in the cancellation of the game in those years. Both parts of Bailey's vision would, however, come true: The format of the All-Star Game, which remained the same, with two exceptions, until the —68 NHL season , called for the defending Stanley Cup champions to play against a selection of players from the other five teams.

For the Game, the Gardens facilities were upgraded to use glass on the boards in an era where wire fences were the norm , a point that fans complained about as the sounds of the checks were somewhat muted. In what would be another tradition, the defending Stanley Cup champions were presented before the game with various gifts that included sweater coats, golf balls, cigarette boxes, ties, cufflinks, pocket knives, watches and lifetime passes to Maple Leaf Gardens.

All-in-all, the game was a success, with the All-Stars winning 4—3. Although the All-Star Game called for the defending Cup champion to host it, the game was held in Chicago Stadium in its second year as a consequence of the negotiations that set up the first game.

Also as a peculiarity as a result of the scheduling, the game was held not before the season started as was the case before and would be for almost 20 years following the game , but three weeks into the season. Like the year before, players from the First and Second NHL All-Star teams were automatically awarded spots on the All-Star Game rosters an exception was Leafs goaltender Turk Broda , having won the Cup, played for the Leafs instead , with the rest of the all-stars being assembled so that each team was represented with at least three players on the All-Stars.

As for the game itself, the All-Stars had won 3—1 with all scoring coming in the second period. Because of the one-sidedness of the game, many fans and hockey insiders considered options on how to make the All-Star Game more balanced, including one where the All-Star Game was eliminated altogether in favour of a best-of-nine Stanley Cup Final with the proceeds of two of the games going to the players' pension fund, and one which saw a Canadian Teams vs.

American Teams format a somewhat flawed concept in that nearly all NHL players of the era, whether playing for teams representing American or Canadian cities, were Canadians.

The Game ended in a 2—2 tie, leaving many fans upset for the second straight year. The same format of First vs. Second with the First team being augmented by players from American teams and the Second being augmented by Leaf or Hab players continued the next year, but the 6th All-Star Game proved to be 60 minutes of boring hockey as the teams skated to a 1—1 tie. Criticisms of this new format, as well as the boring hockey, was what made the NHL revert the format of the All-Star Game to its original incarnation.

Some of the criticisms included the fact that teammates often opposed each other in the All-Star Game under the new format, and some stated that the early date of the game was detrimental to the exposure of the NHL in the States, being held at the same time as the World Series and the National Football League NFL season.

In what would be later a reality, Toronto Star columnist Red Burnett suggested that the game should be played mid-season and that fans should choose their starting lineup, a system which had long been in use in the States with regard to Major League Baseball MLB. The Game was moved from the start of the season to mid-season in the —67 season as part of the move to promote the NHL to six new cities who would have their own teams in October Because of the move to mid-season, the method of player selection for the All-Stars, largely unchanged for 20 years, was much scrutinized, as playing the All-Star Game mid-season meant that the First and Second All-Star teams were decided almost a full year before the game itself, and that by mid-season, the Cup winners were a vastly different team from the team that had won the Cup some eight or nine months before.

The mid-season move also meant that rookies with outstanding first years, such as Bobby Orr , would be shut out of the Game even if they deserved a spot on the All-Stars. The 21st All-Star Game one year later was somber compared to the 20 before it, as the days before the game were tragic. On January 14, , two days before the game, Bill Masterton had been checked by two Oakland Seals players and died from his on-ice injuries.

The game itself was overshadowed by the debate on whether helmets should be worn in the NHL in the fallout of Masterton's untimely death. As in the previous years, the All-Stars were represented by the First and Second All-Star teams, as well as enough players so that each team was represented.

The East-West format of future All-Star Games was announced in the 21st All-Star Game, with the intention of being able to move the game anywhere, alternating home ice between an East division team and a West division team year after year.

The idea, along with the notion that the players chosen for the two All-Star teams should be the best at the time of the game rather than the best of the players from the season before, quickly gained popularity, although the Cup champions reserved the right to host the 22nd All-Star Game. The Challenge Cup was being touted as a miniature world championship, and for the first time, fans could vote for certain members of the roster.

The NHL would lose the three-game series two games to one, with the third game being lost by an embarrassing 6—0 margin. Over the next few years, various aspects of the All-Star Game came under scrutiny, including the format of the game. To make things worse, the All-Star Game itself was viewed in some circles as a bad thing, with players opting out of the game in favour of the rest and prospective hosts repeatedly declining to host the event.

With the geographical realignment of the NHL for the —82 season , the All-Star Game was the first between the Wales and Campbell Conferences that featured players from eastern teams against players from western teams. The 37th All-Star Game in marked the first time that honorary captains were selected for each team. The Game also brought forth the notion of fan balloting of the starting lineup already adopted in the National Basketball Association and by this time had returned, following a hiatus brought on by ballot box stuffing, to MLB; the NFL gave the fans the vote in the s , as the game was suffering from having little media coverage.

The idea came into fruition the following year. Like the Challenge Cup before it, Rendez-Vous '87 was an event where the best the NHL could offer played against a Soviet squad which had an entire year to prepare. The series was split between the two teams with a game won by each.

Soviet players would be allowed to play in the NHL within three years, and an arrangement that would allow NHL players to play in the Olympics was announced within nine. However, it should be noted that many of these players retired before the introduction of the Wales and Campbell Conferences. Future Heroes of Hockey games would have the hometown alumni play against the "best-of-the-rest", much like the all-star games of old.

The 42nd All-Star Game introduced, as part of the player selection, two players chosen by the commissioner to honour their years to their game. With the renaming of conferences and divisions on a geographical basis for the —94 season , the All-Star Game was the first between East and West in name since , although the Wales vs.

Campbell format pitted east against west from to The All-Star Game in was a casualty of the —95 NHL lockout , which shortened that season to just 48 regular season games.

San Jose , the originally scheduled venue, was instead awarded the All-Star Game. The All-Star Game featured the first change in format in years in an attempt to promote the first Olympic hockey tournament with participation from NHL players. Some critics suggested replacing the game with a miniature national tournament, [ citation needed ] in the style of the World Cup of Hockey. The Game 's format was reverted to its classic East vs.

Dany Heatley scored four goals, tying an All-Star Game record, in addition to recording a shootout goal. Heatley also set the record for being the youngest player to score a hat-trick in the All-Star Game, a record previously held by the Edmonton Oilers ' Wayne Gretzky. This shootout, the first of its kind in the NHL in the modern era, received an enthusiastic, frenzied response from the crowd when it was announced, and carried on during the event.

This was influential in the later decision to decide regular season games tied after overtime with a shootout, thus eliminating tie games. The All-Star Game was dealt two serious blows in Not only was the game canceled along with the rest of the season as a result of the —05 NHL lockout , but the subsequent CBA that ended the lockout stipulated that heretofore the game was to be held only in non-Olympic years.

Thus, there was no All-Star Game held during the —06 season either. After a two-season absence, the Game was played in Dallas , where the West defeated the East, 12—9. The Atlanta Thrashers hosted the Game , as they had been originally scheduled to host the canceled Game in Louis Blues goaltender Manny Legace.

Eric Staal was named the MVP. Approximately 21, people attended the game, where then-Canadien Alexei Kovalev was named the Game's MVP after scoring two goals and one assist, as well as the shootout winner. The Canadiens were picked to host both events because the Montreal Canadiens team celebrated its th anniversary in A small number of All-Star players questioned their potential participation in Past and current All-Stars must obtain an excused absence often related to injury or personal circumstances by the League if they will not participate.

If this approved absence is not obtained, a one-game regular season suspension is possible. The Phoenix Coyotes were originally slated to host the Game that year in replacement of the Game, which they had again originally been awarded before the NHL ultimately decided not to hold the Game the Olympic year.

Amid fears that the Coyotes franchise would not "right its ship" by February , however, the cities of Pittsburgh, Raleigh and Ottawa rose as candidates for the Game, with Raleigh eventually being chosen, having been promised the Game since the Hurricanes reached 12, season ticket sales earlier in the decade. The Game also introduced a new format, replacing the traditional conference teams with a "fantasy draft.

The chosen players then selected two captains for each All-Star team, who then selected their teammates in a draft. The game was postponed to , however, first due to the —13 NHL lockout , [17] which delayed the start of the —13 season until January 19, , followed the inability to play in due to it falling on an Olympic Games year, where NHL players competed at the XXII Winter Olympics in Sochi.

The Game was eventually played on January 25, The game, which featured a number of country music acts in the festivities, was notable for both a new format instead of a single game, a four-division, three-on-three tournament was held and the appearance of John Scott , a journeyman enforcer who was voted into the game through a fan vote. Scott, who had been demoted to the American Hockey League after the vote, played as a member of no team and, as captain of the Pacific Division, scored two goals after scoring none the entire regular season up to that point and won the game's Most Valuable Player award.

Since that game in Nashville, the format was changed so that it was no longer a singular all-star game per se ; instead, four all-star teams, each representing one of the league's four divisions, participate in a two-round knockout tournament, with each game being two minute halves in length and played with three skaters on each team. The event was awarded to the Kings in honour of their 50th anniversary. This was the second time the Tampa Bay Lightning have hosted the All-Star Game, the first being in , and the third overall in Florida.

The hosting teams in Italic means that they went on to win the Stanley Cup later in that season.

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