32nd National Hockey League All-Star Game
The 32nd National Hockey League All-Star Game was held in Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, home to the Detroit Red Wings, on February 5, 1980. The Wales Conference all-star team won for the fifth consecutive time. Reggie Leach was voted MVP after scoring one goal and one assist. This was Wayne Gretzky's first appearance and Gordie Howe's 23rd and final All-Star game appearance.
|Date||February 5, 1980|
|Arena||Joe Louis Arena|
|MVP||Reggie Leach (Philadelphia)|
|2||2-0||Wales||Payne (Murphy - Goring)||4:19|
|3||2-1||Campbell||Leach (McEwen)||8:02 DN|
|Penalties : Hartsburg (Wal.) 12:23|
|4||2-2||Campbell||Nilsson (Federko - MacLeish)||6:03|
|Penalties : none|
|5||2-3||Campbell||Propp (Esposito - Leach)||4:14|
|6||3-3||Wales||Stackhouse (Sittler - Lafleur)||11:40|
|7||4-3||Wales||Hartsburg (Cloutier - Ratelle)||12:40|
|8||5-3||Wales||Larson (Payne - Perreault)||13:12|
|Penalties : none|
- Wales : Edwards (29:27 minutes), Meloche (30:33).
- Campbell : Esposito (15:10), Peeters (44:50).
Shots on goal :
- Wales (32) 10 - 05 - 17
- Campbell (31) 15 - 04 - 11
Referee : Dave Newell
Linesmen : John D'Amico, Ray Scapinello
- MVP: Reggie Leach, (Philadelphia Flyers)
- Gary Sargent
named to Wales team, but unable to participate due to injury. Although it was the biggest stage the sport's two greatest players ever shared, Gretzky and Howe, the game always will be remembered for the thunderous standing ovation fans showered upon Howe, Gretzky's childhood idol and one of the Motor City's most fabled sports legends. Howe was introduced last by the PA announcer and received a standing ovation for four minutes, before the announcer interrupted the crowd.
- Podnieks, Andrew (2000). The NHL All-Star Game: 50 years of tradition. Toronto: HarperCollins. pp. 167–171. ISBN 0-00-200058-X.