NHL All-Star Game
The National Hockey League All-Star Game is an annual event held to showcase the league's best players, usually around the midpoint of the season.
The 2012 All-Star Game was held Jan. 29 in Ottawa. The 42-man roster was divided into two teams under captains Zdeno Chara and Daniel Alfredsson. Team Chara beat Team Alfredsson, 12-9. Marian Gaborik, playing for Team Chara, was named MVP.
The 2013 NHL All-Star Game was canceled due to the NHL lockout.
The format for selection -- and the game itself -- changed in 2011. The fans selected six players to the team, based on votes online. The league's hockey operations department chose the rest -- 36 players for the squad, as well as 12 rookies for the skills competition.
Instead of playing East Conference vs. West Conference, as the game usually does, the 54-man roster is divided using a fantasy draft to decide the teams. Two captains are chosen and asked to pick players for their teams using alternating selections. Those teams consist of three goalies, six defensemen and 12 forwards. By rule, the two captains must select all their goaltenders by the end of the 10th round of the draft, and all their defensemen by the end of the 15th round.
In previous years, fans had voted in 12 players -- six players from each conference that acted as the starters in the game. The other 30 players still were selected by the operations department and acted as the substitutes.
The All-Star Game is the culmination of a weekend of events hosted by the NHL, preceded by the SuperSkills Competition. The competition has been held on the night before the game since 1990.
The competition includes several events contested by the NHL's best representatives, as well as 12 of the season's top rookies decided by the league. The events include: Fastest Skater, Breakaway Challenge (the NHL's version of a Slam Dunk contest -- the more extravagant the routine before a goal, the better), Accuracy Shooting, Skills Challenge Relay, Hardest Shot and the Elimination Shoot Out.
Until 2011, the event also featured a Young Stars Game played by the top 12 rookies. That game was eliminated, and the 12 rookies now compete in the skills challenge as part of the two teams selected in the fantasy draft.
The first official NHL All-Star Game took place in 1947, though all-star games had been held for decades prior. The first recorded hockey all-star game dates back to 1908, before the NHL even existed. The first game sponsored by the new league took place in 1934, when it was hoped it would become an annual event.
Several memorial or benefit games were held during the next several years, but the league's official, annual All-Star Game did not come to fruition until the 1947-48 season. Since then, the All-Star Game has been, by and large, an annual event.
There have been a few years when the All-Star Game has not taken place: most recently in 2006 and 2010, when the game was skipped because the Winter Olympics were held.
The first four years of the official All-Star game (1947-50) featured a team of stars vs. an established NHL club, the defending Stanley Cup champions.
During a meeting prior to the 1950 All-Star Game in Detroit, two ideas were raised by New York Rangers' Publicity Director, Stan Saplin, to improve the format. The thoughts were to change the game, which matched the All-Stars against the defending Stanley Cup champions. Saplin suggested the six teams be divided into East and West or that Canadian teams (Montreal and Toronto) confront U.S.-based teams (New York, Chicago, Boston and Detroit).
The format changed the next year (1951) when the First Team All-Stars, supplemented with players from the four U.S.-based clubs, faced the Second Team All-Stars with additions from Toronto and Montreal. When both the 1951 and 1952 game ended in ties, the League went back to the format which matched the Stanley Cup champions against the All-Stars. That format stayed in place from 1953-65.
There was no All-Star game in 1966. The contest was moved from the end of the year to the next mid-season. Other years where the All-Star game wasn't played: 1979 (There was a Challenge Cup series vs. Russia instead); 1987 (Rendez Vous series vs. USSR); 1995 (cancelled when NHL lockout led to a shortened season of 48 games); 2005 (lockout cancelled the entire season) and 2006 (Olympics).
In 1969, the NHL went to the East vs. West format. The first time they used the format, the game ended in a 3-3 tie. That game featured two of the greatest coaches of all-time, though Scotty Bowman and Toe Blake didn't get a win.
In 1970, St. Louis hosted the All-Star game. That started a run where United States cities hosted five straight years.
From 1998-2002, the format was changed to the World vs. North America.
ESPN.COM NHL ALL-STAR GAME COVERAGE
- Choose 'Em Up
- Eric Staal served as one of the captains on his home ice, as the stars chose their own teams in 2011.
- 2011 ASG coverage »
- Home Stars
- Alexei Kovalev and Alex Ovechkin each scored in a shootout to give the East a 12-11 win.
- 2009 ASG coverage »
- Perfect Ending
- Bruins forward Marc Savard scored with 20.9 seconds left in regulation to give the East an 8-7 win.
- 2008 ASG coverage »
- West Is Best
- The West used a six-goal second period to power to a 12-9 victory over the East in Dallas.
- 2007 ASG coverage »
|2012||Team Chara 12, Team Alfredsson 9||Marian Gaborik|
|2011||Team Lidstrom 11, Team Staal 10||Patrick Sharp|
|2009||East 12, West 11 (SO)||Alexei Kovalev|
|2008||East 8, West 7||Eric Staal|
|2007||West 12, East 9||Danny Briere|
|2004||East 6, West 4||Joe Sakic|
|2003||West 6, East 5 (SO)||Dany Heatley|
|2002||World 8, North America 5||Eric Daze|
|2001||North America 14, World 12||Bill Guerin|
|2000||World 9, North America 4||Pavel Bure|
|1999||North America 8, World 6||Wayne Gretzky|
|1998||North America 8, World 7||Teemu Selanne|
|1997||East 11, West 7||Mark Recchi|
|1996||East 5, West 4||Ray Bourque|
|1994||East 9, West 8||Mike Richter|
|1993||Wales 16, Campbell 6||Mike Gartner|
|1992||Campbell 10, Wales 6||Brett Hull|
|1991||Campbell 11, Wales 5||Vincent Damphousse|
|1990||Wales 12, Campbell 7||Mario Lemieux|
|1989||Campbell 9, Wales 5||Wayne Gretzky|
|1988||Wales 6, Campbell 5 (OT)||Mario Lemiuex|
|1986||Wales 4, Campbell 3 (OT)||Grant Fuhr|
|1985||Wales 6, Campbell 4||Mario Lemieux|
|1984||Wales 7, Campbell 6||Don Maloney|
|1983||Campbell 9, Wales 3||Wayne Gretzky|
|1982||Wales 4, Campbell 2||Mike Bossy|
|1981||Campbell 4, Wales 1||Mike Liut|
|1980||Wales 6, Campbell 3||Reggie Leach|
|1978||Wales 3, Campbell 2 (OT)||Billy Smith|
|1977||Wales 4, Campbell 3||Rick Martin|
|1976||Wales 7, Campbell 5||Peter Mahovlich|
|1975||Wales 7, Campbell 1||Syl Apps Jr.|
|1974||West 6, East 4||Garry Unger|
|1973||East 5, West 4||Greg Polis|
|1972||East 3, West 2||Bobby Orr|
|1971||West 2, East 1||Bobby Hull|
|1970||East 4, West 1||Bobby Hull|
|1969||West 3, East 3||Frank Mahovlich|
|1968||Maple Leafs 4, All-Stars 3||Bruce Gamble|
|1967||Canadiens 3, All-Stars 0||Henri Richard|
|1965||All-Stars 5, Canadiens 2||Gordie Howe|
|1964||All-Stars 3, Maple Leafs 2||Jean Beliveau|
|1963||All-Stars 3, Maple Leafs 3||Frank Mahovlich|
|1962||Maple Leafs 4, All-Stars 1||Eddie Shack|
|1961||All-Stars 3, Black Hawks 1|
|1960||All-Stars 2, Canadiens 1|
|1959||Canadiens 6, All-Stars 1|
|1958||Canadiens 6, All-Stars 3|
|1957||All-Stars 5, Canadiens 3|
|1956||All-Stars 1, Canadiens 1|
|1955||Red Wings 3, All-Stars 1|
|1954||All-Stars 2, Red Wings 2|
|1953||All-Stars 3, Canadiens 1|
|1952||1st Team 1, 2nd Team 1|
|1951||1st Team 2, 2nd Team 2|
|1950||Red Wings 7, All-Stars 1|
|1949||All-Stars 3, Maple Leafs 1|
|1948||All-Stars 3, Maple Leafs 1|
|1947||All-Stars 4, Maple Leafs 3|
|1939||All-Stars 5, Canadiens 2|
|1937||All-Stars 6, Canadiens 5|
|1934||Maple Leafs 7, All-Stars 3|