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Thursday, February 1, 2001
All-Star rosters filled under the old format

The NHL changed the format of its All-Star game from Eastern Conference vs. Western Conference to North America vs. the World in 1998 for a few reasons. One was to recognize the changing composition of the league, which had an increased European flavor. Another was to build excitement for the upcoming Olympic Games, which were featuring NHL players for the first time.

Each format has its pros and cons.

North America vs. the World doesn't do as good of a job as East vs. West in putting the best players on the ice – what if the seventh North American defenseman is better than the fourth World defenseman?

"I've played both formats, the old one and the new one. Right now, with World against North America, I would prefer the old one," said Buffalo goalie Dominik Hasek. "I liked the old format with the Eastern Conference against Western. I think it is better and you play the best players, the biggest stars. Maybe some teams might not be represented."

However, the new format does give the game a competitive angle – which is a better style of play? Because the East plays the West during the regular season, there is no incentive for the players to prove their conference is the better one under the old format. Proof of this came in 1993, when the Wales Conference (East) beat the Campbell Conference (West) 16-6.

"It seems there's a little more on the line, and it's a little more competitive," said New Jersey defenseman Scott Stevens. "I like the way it is now and hope they keep it that way."

Baseball has the best of both worlds. While interleague play has dissolved the line between the American and National Leagues, they are still two different entities and the game fuels the debate as to which is better. If the AL has the designated hitter, why not take the red line out of the Eastern Conference?

Here's a look at this year's All-Star Game if it were the Eastern Conference vs. the Western Conference – and if was filling out the roster.

Let us know if we snubbed someone, or if the NHL snubbed someone, and what your thoughts are on the NHL All-Star Game.


Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Patrick Roy, Colorado
Dominik Hasek, Buffalo Evgeni Nabokov, San Jose
Curtis Joseph, Toronto Sean Burke, Phoenix
Scott Stevens, New Jersey Ray Bourque, Colorado
Brian Leetch, N.Y. Rangers Rob Blake, Los Angeles
Sergei Gonchar, Washington Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit
Wade Redden, Ottawa Ed Jovanovski, Vancouver
Tomas Kaberle, Toronto Oleg Tverdovsky, Anaheim (c)
Scott Niedermayer, New Jersey Mathieu Schneider, Los Angeles (a)
Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh
Joe Sakic, Colorado
Jaromir Jagr, Pittsburgh Peter Forsberg, Colorado
Jason Allison, Boston Milan Hejduk, Colorado
Alexander Mogilny, New Jersey Brett Hull, Dallas
Theo Fleury, N.Y. Rangers Markus Naslund, Vancouver
Marian Hossa, Ottawa Zigmund Palffy, Los Angeles
Peter Bondra, Washington Luc Robitaille, Los Angeles
Simon Gagne, Philadelphia Tony Amonte, Chicago
Ray Ferraro, Atlanta Doug Weight, Edmonton
Donald Audette, Atlanta Sergei Fedorov, Detroit
Patrik Elias, New Jersey Alex Tanguay, Colorado
Bill Guerin, Boston Geoff Sanderson, Columbus (b)
* - Starters. # - Captains. (a) - Selected to replace Chris Pronger, St. Louis. (b) - Selected to replace Vincent Damphousse, San Jose. (c) - Selected to replace Al MacInnis, St. Louis.

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