37th National Hockey League All-Star Game

The 37th National Hockey League All-Star Game was held in the Olympic Saddledome in Calgary, home of the Calgary Flames, on February 12, 1985. The Wales Conference defeated the Campbell Conference 6–4. The game's most valuable player was Mario Lemieux, who became the only rookie to win All-Star MVP honours.

37th NHL All-Star Game
123 Total
Wales 222 6
Campbell 202 4
DateFebruary 12, 1985
ArenaOlympic Saddledome
MVPMario Lemieux (Pittsburgh)
 1984 1986 

Host city

The 37th All-Star Game marked the first time the event was held in Calgary. The game was held in the two-year-old Olympic Saddledome, which had been built following the Flames arrival in Calgary, and in anticipation of the 1988 Winter Olympics. A sell-out crowd of 16,825 attended the game, and the gala also sold out. In total, $100,000 was raised by the Flames which was donated to charity.[1] The traditional black-tie nature of the banquet and gala were eschewed for this game as the hosts asked attendees to dress up in western wear.[2]

Campbell Conference and Edmonton Oilers head coach Glen Sather expressed displeasure that the fans in Calgary did not let go of the Battle of Alberta for the game. He took issue with the fans booing Edmonton's Wayne Gretzky during the player introductions and the game itself. "It's embarrassing when they boo Wayne when he touches the puck. They booed him once before when he was hurt so..." For his part, Gretzky downplayed Sather's concerns: "I've certainly got nothing against them booing me. I kind of get a kick out of it."[3]

To help raise awareness for 1983–85 famine in Ethiopia, the NHL All-Stars participated in the Canadian entertainment's response to the crisis. The players, along with music producer David Foster, shot a video segment for the Northern Lights' song Tears Are Not Enough.[4]


For the first time, the NHL named honorary captains for each team. Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender Glenn Hall was named the honorary captain of the Campbell Conference, while Guy Lafleur, who had retired only three months previous, represented the Wales Conference. Lafleur returned to the game four years later, and thus became the only person to play in the NHL after serving as an honorary All-Star captain.[2] The ceremonial faceoff was performed by Canadian astronaut Marc Garneau and used a puck that he had taken into outer space.[2]

Mario Lemieux entered the game facing criticism from former NHL coach, and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation commentator, Don Cherry who stated that Lemieux was a "floater" in reference to Lemieux's lack of defensive play during the season. The 19-year-old rookie dismissed Cherry's arguments, stating that "the Penguins asked me to play offensively, not to care about my defensive play."[3] Lemieux recorded two goals, including the game winner, and added an assist to earn honours as the game's most valuable player.[5] Lemieux is the only player in All-Star Game history to win the award in his rookie year (33 years later, Brock Boeser would become the second rookie to be named All-Star Game MVP).[6]

Edmonton's Mike Krushelnyski and Boston's Ray Bourque were named the second and third stars of the game. Bourque led all players offensively by recording four assists for the Wales Conference while Krushelnyski led the Campbell Conference with three assists. Neither of the Flames representatives scored.[2] The game featured an increased European flavour when compared to previous All-Star Games.[5] Four European players participated. Swedes Anders Hedberg and Pelle Lindbergh played for the Wales Conference. Swede Thomas Gradin, Czech Miroslav Frycer and Finn Jari Kurri represented the Campbell Conference. Hedberg and Frycer each scored a goal for their respective conferences.[7]

Team Lineups

Wales Conference All-Stars

# Nat. Player Pos. Team
30Tom BarrassoBuffalo Sabres
31Pelle LindberghPhiladelphia Flyers
2Phil RussellNew Jersey Devils
3Scott StevensWashington Capitals
5Rod LangwayWashington Capitals
6Mike RamseyBuffalo Sabres
7Raymond BourqueBoston Bruins
24Chris CheliosMontreal Canadiens
9Ron FrancisCHartford Whalers
10Bobby CarpenterCWashington Capitals
11Mike GartnerRWWashington Capitals
12Tim KerrCPhiladelphia Flyers
15Anders HedbergRWNew York Rangers
16Michel GouletLWQuebec Nordiques
17Kirk MullerCNew Jersey Devils
19Bryan TrottierCNew York Islanders
21Brent SutterCNew York Islanders
22Mike Bossy, CaptainRWNew York Islanders
27John TonelliLWNew York Islanders
66Mario LemieuxCPittsburgh Penguins

Campbell Conference All-Stars

# Nat. Player Pos. Team
31Grant FuhrEdmonton Oilers
35Andy MoogEdmonton Oilers
2Al MacInnisCalgary Flames
4Kevin LoweEdmonton Oilers
7Paul CoffeyEdmonton Oilers
8Randy CarlyleWinnipeg Jets
23Paul ReinhartCalgary Flames
24Doug WilsonChicago Black Hawks
9Glenn AndersonRWEdmonton Oilers
10Dale HawerchukCWinnipeg Jets
11Brian SutterLWSt. Louis Blues
14Miroslav FrycerRWToronto Maple Leafs
15Paul MacLeanRWWinnipeg Jets
16Marcel Dionne, CaptainCLos Angeles Kings
17Jari KurriRWEdmonton Oilers
20Thomas GradinCVancouver Canucks
25John OgrodnickLWDetroit Red Wings
26Mike KrushelnyskiCEdmonton Oilers
44Steve PayneLWMinnesota North Stars
99Wayne Gretzky, CaptainCEdmonton Oilers

G = Goaltenders; D = Defencemen; C = Centre; LW/RW = Left Wing/Right Wing

Game summary

Wales ConferenceCampbell Conference
Final score64
Scoring summary
  • Francis (Kerr) 1:40 1st
  • Kerr (Goulet, Bourque) 5:31 1st
  • Hedberg (Lemieux, Chelios) 13:46 2nd
  • Lemieux (Muller, Bourque) 17:47 2nd
  • Lemieux (Bourque) 11:09 3rd
  • Gartner (Bourque) 19:51 3rd
  • Dionne (Ogrodnick) 6:33 1st
  • Frycer (Krushelnyski, Carlyle) 16:55 1st
  • Gretzky (Krushelnyski) 10:09 3rd
  • Carlyle (Krushelnyski) 17:09 3rd
  • Muller (Tripping) 14:20 1st
  • Russell (Hooking) 1:52 3rd
  • Dionne (Holding) 6:46 3rd
Shots on goal 14-10-12–36 7-10-9–26
Win/LossWPelle LindberghLAndy Moog

See also


  • Podnieks, Andrew (2000), The NHL All-Star Game: 50 years of the great tradition, Toronto: HarperCollins, ISBN 0-00-200058-X
  • Rosters: 1985 NHL All-Star Game Rosters, hockey-reference.com, retrieved 2008-09-21
  • Box score: Wales 6, Campbell 4, Calgary Herald, 1985-02-13, p. E5
  1. Mummery, Bob (1989), Countdown to the Stanley Cup: An Illustrated History of the Calgary Flames, Polestar Book Publishers, p. 62, ISBN 0-919591-48-5
  2. Podnieks, Andrew (2000), The NHL All-Star Game: Fifty Years of the Great Tradition, Toronto: HarperCollins, pp. 187–191, ISBN 0-00-200058-X
  3. Duhatschek, Eric (1985-02-13), Lemieux shrugs off sour Grapes, Calgary Herald, p. E1
  4. http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/tears-still-are-not-enough-30-years-later-1.2949836
  5. Wood, Larry (1985-02-13), In a floating game, the Kid is tops, Calgary Herald, p. E1
  6. The NHL all-star game's rich history, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, 2002-01-29, retrieved 2008-09-21
  7. Wales 6, Campbell 4, Calgary Herald, 1985-02-13, p. E5
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