ESPN Classic will celebrate the 2003 NHL All-Star game with a look back at some of the more memorable All-Star gems in NHL history on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 31 - Feb. 1. From Mario's super performance on home ice to Wayne Gretzky lighting it up in his return to Edmonton, ESPN Classic captures glorious moments that make the All-Star game a special event. The complete schedule with highlights is listed below.
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|Wayne Gretzky has more assists (1,963) than any player has points.|
Classic NHL All-Star Game
Friday, Jan. 31 (Noon - 8 p.m. ET)
Saturday, Feb. 1 (Noon - 9 p.m. ET)
Friday, Jan. 31
Noon - 1991 NHL All-Star Game at Chicago
MVP Vincent Damphousse of the Toronto Maple Leafs scored four goals to tie Wayne Gretzky's All-Star record and lead the Campbell Conference to an 11-5 victory.
2 p.m. - 1989 NHL All-Star Game at Edmonton
Wayne Gretzky had a goal and an assist in his triumphant return to Edmonton to lead the Campbell Conference to a 9-5 victory over the Wales, snapping a four-game losing streak in All-Star competition for the Campbell Conference. Gretzky, who played in Edmonton for 10 years before being traded to Los Angeles the previous summer, was named MVP. Steve Yzerman and Gary Leeman scored 14 seconds apart in the second period for the Campbell Conference.
4 p.m. - 1990 NHL All-Star Game at Pittsburgh
Mario Lemieux shrugged off the pressure of playing on home ice in front of his own pumped-up fans to score four goals and become the first three-time most valuable player in the NHL all-star game's 41-year history, leading the Wales Conference to a 12-7 victory. Lemieux had a hat trick in the first period as the Wales Conference assaulted opposing goalie Mike Vernon with seven goals in the opening 20 minutes.
6 p.m. - 1980 NHL All-Star Game at Detroit
In a game that belonged to Hartford's Gordie Howe, the Wales Conference rallied from a 3-2 deficit with three goals in a 1:32 span of the third to take home a 6-3 victory. The longtime Red Wing, who received a lengthy standing ovation and was cheered everyime he touched the puck, set up the tying goal by Real Cloutier. Reggie Leach was named MVP. Philadelphia rookie goalie Pete Peeters, 20-0-5 in the regular season, suffered his first loss.
Saturday, Feb. 1
Noon - 1970 NHL All-Star Game at St. Louis
East 4, West 1. MVP - Bobby Hull, Chicago.
2 p.m. - 1990 NHL All-Star Game at Pittsburgh
Wales 12, Campbell 7. MVP - Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh.
4 p.m. - 1980 NHL All-Star Game at Detroit
Wales 6, Campbell 3. MVP - Reggie Leach, Philadelphia.
6 p.m. - 1983 NHL All-Star Game at N.Y. Islanders
MVP Wayne Gretzky set an All-Star record by scoring four third-period goals as the Campbell Conference coasted past the Wales, 9-3. Gretzky's Edmonton teammate Mark Messier had three assists in the period.
8 p.m. - SportsCentury: Wayne Gretzky
He was The Great Gretzky as a kid and through his career in the NHL. And, most incredibly, he always lived up to that name. When he retired in April 1999, he had scored 2,857 points in the NHL. Gordie Howe, Gretzky's idol as a youngster, has the second most points in NHL history and he's more than a thousand points behind him. With 1,963, Gretzky has more assists than any player has points. Known primarily for his playmaking, Gretzky scored a record 894 goals in his 20 seasons.
When few players were scoring 100 points in a season, Gretzky was surpassing 200. Four times he accomplished this feat, the only four times it's been done, peaking at 215 in 1985-86. Of the 11 times a player has scored more than 161 points, Gretzky has done it nine times and Mario Lemieux twice. He lead the Oilers to four Stanley Cups and won the Hart (MVP) nine times, the most of any athlete in a team sport, and the Ross (scoring) seven times in the 1980s, plus three more times in the 1990s.