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.

32nd NHL All-Star Game
123 Total
Campbell 111 3
Wales 204 6
DateFebruary 5, 1980
ArenaJoe Louis Arena
MVPReggie Leach (Philadelphia)
 1978 1981 

Team rosters

Campbell ConferenceWales Conference
Final Score36
Head Coach Al Arbour (New York Islanders) Scotty Bowman (Buffalo Sabres)
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Game summary

#ScoreTeamGoalscorer (assists)Time
First period
22-0WalesPayne (Murphy - Goring)4:19
32-1CampbellLeach (McEwen)8:02 DN
Penalties : Hartsburg (Wal.) 12:23
Second period
42-2CampbellNilsson (Federko - MacLeish)6:03
Penalties : none
Third period
52-3CampbellPropp (Esposito - Leach)4:14
63-3WalesStackhouse (Sittler - Lafleur)11:40
74-3WalesHartsburg (Cloutier - Ratelle)12:40
85-3WalesLarson (Payne - Perreault)13:12
96-3WalesCloutier (Howe)16:06
Penalties : none

Goaltenders :

  • 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


  • 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.[1]

See also


  • Podnieks, Andrew (2000). The NHL All-Star Game: 50 years of tradition. Toronto: HarperCollins. pp. 167–171. ISBN 0-00-200058-X.
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