National Hockey League All-Star Game

The National Hockey League All-Star Game (French: Match des Étoiles de la Ligue Nationale de Hockey) is an exhibition ice hockey game that is traditionally held during the regular season of the National Hockey League (NHL), with many of the League's star players playing against each other. Each team plays with four players. The Game's proceeds benefit the pension fund of the players.

National Hockey League All-Star Game
GenreSports event
Date(s)January or February
InauguratedOctober 13, 1947 (1947-10-13)
Organized byNHL

The NHL All-Star Game, held in late January or early February, marks the symbolic halfway point in the regular season, though not the mathematical halfway point which, for most seasons, is usually one or two weeks earlier. Since 2007, it is held in late January.



On November 18, 2015, the NHL announced significant changes to the All-Star Game format, starting with the 2016 game: instead of one game pitted against two teams, there would be four All-Star teams based on the league's four divisions, competing in a single-elimination tournament. The format of all three games in the tournament will be three-on-three, with 10-minute halves each. If a tie remains after 20 minutes, then it will directly go to a three-round shootout plus extra rounds as needed to determine the winner; there is no standard overtime. In 2016, the Atlantic Division All-Stars faced the Metropolitan Division All-Stars in one semifinal, while the Central Division All-Stars played against the Pacific Division All-Stars in the second semifinal. The winners of these two games then meet in an All-Star Game Final.[1] Since 2017, the format was slightly changed: the division that wins the NHL All-Star Skills Competition during the previous night then gets to pick which team they will play first in the semifinals.[2]

Prior years

From 1947 to 1968, the All-Star Game primarily saw the previous season's Stanley Cup champions take on a team of All-Stars from the other clubs. There were two exceptions during this period: The 1951 and 1952 games instead featured two teams of All-Star players, one consisting of players on American-based teams and the other with players consisting of players on Canadian-based teams.

Beginning in 1969, the format was geographic with the Wales/Eastern Conference All-Stars playing the Campbell/Western Conference All-Stars, where the "first team", or starting line, including the starting goaltender, voted in by fans, while the remainder of the teams' rosters are chosen by the NHL's Hockey Operations Department in consultation with the teams' general managers. Since 1996, the head coaches for the two All-Star teams have been the coaches of the two teams that are leading their respective conferences in point percentage (i.e. fraction of points obtained out of total possible points). Prior policy saw the two head coaches that appeared in the previous year's Stanley Cup Finals coaching the All-Star teams.[3]

The 1998 All-Star Game was held in the very same year as the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, providing the NHL to show its players from all over the world. To this extent, the NHL had the All-Star teams consist of a team of North Americans playing against a team of stars from the rest of the world.[4] The North America vs. World All-Star format lasted through the 2002 Game, the same year as the 2002 Winter Olympics, before reverting to the Eastern vs. Western Conference format in 2003.

During the 2010–11 season, the NHL announced a change to the way the teams were selected, modeled after drafts in fantasy sports. The conference vs. conference (i.e. East vs. West) approach was replaced by a player draft conducted by the All-Star players themselves to determine the rosters for each team. The captains for each team now select players from a combined pool of both fan balloting and the NHL Hockey Operations Department. The change in format was a joint effort by the League and the National Hockey League Players Association (NHLPA).[5] This format lasted through the 2015 game.

The All-Star Game is preceded by the NHL All-Star Skills Competition, a competition showing the various talents of both the all-stars. Beginning in 2007, the All-Star weekend also featured the NHL YoungStars Game, an exhibition game exclusively featuring rookies,[6] playing under slightly modified rules. In 2011 this game was eliminated in favor of having the rookies compete in the skills competition.


Benefit games

The first official All-Star Game was held during the 1947–48 NHL season. Prior to that, there have been several occasions when benefit games and All-Star Games were played.

Hod Stuart Benefit All-Star Game

The first All-Star game in ice hockey predates the NHL. It was played on January 2, 1908, before 3,500 fans at the Montreal Arena between the Montreal Wanderers and a team of All-Stars players from the teams the Eastern Canada Amateur Hockey Association. It was held in memory of Montreal Wanderers player Hod Stuart, who had drowned three months after the Wanderers won the Stanley Cup in 1907. The proceeds of that game (over $2,000) went to Stuart's family.[7]

Ace Bailey Benefit Game

On December 12, 1933, Toronto's King Clancy tripped Boston's Eddie Shore, and in retaliation, Shore hit the Leafs' Ace Bailey from behind, flipping him over backwards. Bailey hit his head on the ice so hard that a priest in attendance gave him last rites. Bailey lived for almost 60 more years, but his playing career was over. Shore was suspended for 16 games of a 48-game season for the hit.[8]

As a benefit for Bailey and his family, the NHL held its first ever All-Star game on February 14, 1934. The game was held at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, during which Bailey's #6 uniform was retired by the Leafs. It was the first number to be retired in the NHL. The game saw the Leafs battle against an All-Star team made of players from the other seven teams, which the Leafs won 7–3. One of the more memorable moments before the game was when Bailey presented Shore with his All-Star jersey, showing to the public that Bailey had clearly forgiven him for his actions. Bailey also presented a trophy to NHL President Frank Calder before the game in the hope that the trophy would go to the winner of an annual All-Star Game for the benefit of injured players.[9]

Howie Morenz Memorial Game

Howie Morenz was one of the NHL's superstars of the 1930s. However, his career, and eventually life, ended in a game between his Montreal Canadiens and the Chicago Black Hawks on January 28, 1937, at the Montreal Forum. In that game, Morenz was checked by Chicago player Earl Seibert into the boards in what seemed like a normal hit. However, as the boards were made of wood at the time, Morenz's leg shattered in five separate locations above the ankle. He was carried off the ice on a stretcher to a hospital, where he would stay for four and a half weeks until his death from a heart attack. At one time, one visitor noted that it was as if a party was being held inside of Morenz's hospital room, complete with whiskey and beer. Morenz died on March 8 the same year, from, as teammate Aurele Joliat put it, "a broken heart" (Morenz suffered a heart attack the night before). Morenz's #7 sweater, which had been hanging in its usual stall while he was in hospital, was finally retired for good.[10]

While Morenz was in the hospital, plans for a game for Morenz's benefit were already under way. However, the game was not as successful as Bailey's game, partially because it took place many months after Morenz's passing (on November 3 at the Forum) and partially because Morenz had not survived. The game saw two All-Star teams, the first being a team of stars from the Canadiens and the Montreal Maroons, the second being an All-Star team made of players from the other teams, with the latter team winning 6–5.[11]

Babe Siebert Memorial Game

On August 25, 1939, Babe Siebert, former player of the Montreal Canadiens, drowned in Lake Huron. To benefit his family, the Canadiens and Montreal Maroons organized a benefit, held on October 29, 1939, at the Montreal Forum. Six-thousand fans attended a game between the Canadiens and the "NHL All-Stars", raising CA$15,000 (CA$259,870 in 2018 dollars[12]) for Siebert's family. The All-Stars won the game 5–2.[13]

Official games

Despite Bailey's hopes of an annual All-Star Game, it did not become an annual tradition until the 1947–48 NHL season. In 1966, the All-Star Game was moved from the start of the season to its current position in the middle of the season. In 1979, the Challenge Cup series replaced the game, and in 1987 it was replaced with Rendez-vous '87. Lockouts disrupted the NHL season in 1995, 2005 and 2013 and resulted in the cancellation of the game in those years. As part of the NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) that expired in 2014, the NHL agreed with the NHLPA not to hold an All-Star Game during Winter Olympic years, consequently the contest was cancelled in 2006, 2010 and 2014. In 2018, even though it was a Winter Olympic year, the contest was still played.


Both parts of Bailey's vision would, however, come true: The first game of the annual tradition, and the first official NHL All-Star Game, would be played in Maple Leaf Gardens, on October 13, 1947. The format of the All-Star Game, which remained the same, with two exceptions, until the 1967–68 NHL season, called for the defending Stanley Cup champions to play against a selection of players from the other five teams. For the first year, the All-Stars were a team composed of the First and Second NHL All-Star Teams (not to be confused with the All-Stars that played against the Cup champions), as well as three players from the New York Rangers and one player each from the Detroit Red Wings and the Chicago Black Hawks.

For the Game, the Gardens facilities were upgraded to use glass on the boards (in an era where wire fences were the norm), a point that fans complained about as the sounds of the checks were somewhat muted. In what would be another tradition, the defending Stanley Cup champions were presented before the game with various gifts that included sweater coats, golf balls, cigarette boxes, ties, cufflinks, pocket knives, watches and lifetime passes to Maple Leaf Gardens. All-in-all, the game was a success, with the All-Stars winning 4–3.[14]

Although the All-Star Game called for the defending Cup champion to host it, the game was held in Chicago Stadium in its second year as a consequence of the negotiations that set up the first game. Also as a peculiarity as a result of the scheduling, the game was held not before the season started (as was the case before and would be for almost 20 years following the game), but three weeks into the season. Like the year before, players from the First and Second NHL All-Star teams were automatically awarded spots on the All-Star Game rosters (an exception was Leafs goaltender Turk Broda, having won the Cup, played for the Leafs instead), with the rest of the all-stars being assembled so that each team was represented with at least three players on the All-Stars. As for the game itself, the All-Stars had won 3–1 with all scoring coming in the second period.


The defending Stanley Cup champions would win their first All-Star Game in 1950 by a 7–1 margin, thanks to Detroit's Production Line and the fact that five of the First and Second NHL All-Star teams were Red Wings. Because of the one-sidedness of the game, many fans and hockey insiders considered options on how to make the All-Star Game more balanced, including one where the All-Star Game was eliminated altogether in favour of a best-of-nine Stanley Cup Final with the proceeds of two of the games going to the players' pension fund, and one which saw a Canadian Teams vs. American Teams format (a somewhat flawed concept in that nearly all NHL players of the era, whether playing for teams representing American or Canadian cities, were Canadians). Ultimately, the 5th NHL All-Star Game saw the First NHL All-Star team battle the Second, with the players filling out the First team being from American teams and the Second team being filled with either Hab or Leaf players. The Game ended in a 2–2 tie, leaving many fans upset for the second straight year. The same format of First vs. Second with the First team being augmented by players from American teams and the Second being augmented by Leaf or Hab players continued the next year, but the 6th All-Star Game proved to be 60 minutes of boring hockey as the teams skated to a 1–1 tie.

Criticisms of this new format, as well as the boring hockey, was what made the NHL revert the format of the All-Star Game to its original incarnation. Some of the criticisms included the fact that teammates often opposed each other in the All-Star Game under the new format, and some stated that the early date of the game was detrimental to the exposure of the NHL in the States, being held at the same time as the World Series and the National Football League (NFL) season. In what would be later a reality, Toronto Star columnist Red Burnett suggested that the game should be played mid-season and that fans should choose their starting lineup, a system which had long been in use in the States with regard to Major League Baseball (MLB).


The Game was moved from the start of the season to mid-season in the 1966–67 season as part of the move to promote the NHL to six new cities who would have their own teams (in October 1967). Because of the move to mid-season, the method of player selection for the All-Stars, largely unchanged for 20 years, was much scrutinized, as playing the All-Star Game mid-season meant that the First and Second All-Star teams were decided almost a full year before the game itself, and that by mid-season, the Cup winners were a vastly different team from the team that had won the Cup some eight or nine months before. The mid-season move also meant that rookies with outstanding first years, such as Bobby Orr, would be shut out of the Game even if they deserved a spot on the All-Stars.

The 21st All-Star Game one year later was somber compared to the 20 before it, as the days before the game were tragic. On January 14, 1968, two days before the game, Bill Masterton had been checked by two Oakland Seals players and died from his on-ice injuries. The game itself was overshadowed by the debate on whether helmets should be worn in the NHL in the fallout of Masterton's untimely death. As in the previous years, the All-Stars were represented by the First and Second All-Star teams, as well as enough players so that each team was represented. The East-West format of future All-Star Games was announced in the 21st All-Star Game, with the intention of being able to move the game anywhere, alternating home ice between an East division team and a West division team year after year. The idea, along with the notion that the players chosen for the two All-Star teams should be the best at the time of the game rather than the best of the players from the season before, quickly gained popularity, although the Cup champions reserved the right to host the 22nd All-Star Game. The St. Louis Blues became the first Western host of the All-Star Game the following year. The 26th All-Star Game was the first in which the game MVP received a car as a prize.


With the realignment of the NHL into four divisions for the 1974–75 season, the 1975 All-Star Game was the first to pit the Wales Conference against the Campbell Conference.

In 1978, amidst renewed interest in international hockey, the NHL decided to replace the 1979 All-Star Game with a three-game series where the League's top players played against the Soviet Union's top players in the Challenge Cup, held at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

The Challenge Cup was being touted as a miniature world championship, and for the first time, fans could vote for certain members of the roster. The NHL would lose the three-game series two games to one, with the third game being lost by an embarrassing 6–0 margin.

Over the next few years, various aspects of the All-Star Game came under scrutiny, including the format of the game. To make things worse, the All-Star Game itself was viewed in some circles as a bad thing, with players opting out of the game in favour of the rest and prospective hosts repeatedly declining to host the event.


With the geographical realignment of the NHL for the 1981–82 season, the 1982 All-Star Game was the first between the Wales and Campbell Conferences that featured players from eastern teams against players from western teams.

The 37th All-Star Game in 1985 marked the first time that honorary captains were selected for each team. The Game also brought forth the notion of fan balloting of the starting lineup (already adopted in the National Basketball Association and by this time had returned, following a hiatus brought on by ballot box stuffing, to MLB; the NFL gave the fans the vote in the 1990s), as the game was suffering from having little media coverage. The idea came into fruition the following year.

In 1987, the All-Star Game was pre-empted in favour of Rendez-vous '87, held at Le Colisée in Quebec City. Like the Challenge Cup before it, Rendez-Vous '87 was an event where the best the NHL could offer played against a Soviet squad which had an entire year to prepare. To reduce the possibility of the NHL being embarrassed again, Rendez-Vous '87 was a two-game affair. The series was split between the two teams with a game won by each.

During the series, NHL President John Ziegler stated that Soviet players would never be able to join the NHL because of the way the Soviet hockey programme worked, and that NHLers would never be able to play in the Winter Olympics. Soviet players would be allowed to play in the NHL within three years, and an arrangement that would allow NHL players to play in the Olympics was announced within nine.


The 41st All-Star Game in 1990 was held on a Sunday, after having been held on Tuesdays since 1968. That edition, the NHL All-Star Skills Competition and the Heroes of Hockey game were both introduced. The Heroes of Hockey game featured NHL alumni and was set up much like the main game, with Wales vs. Campbell. Many of these players retired before the introduction of the Wales and Campbell Conferences. Future Heroes of Hockey games would have the hometown alumni play against the "best-of-the-rest", much like the all-star games of old. The 42nd All-Star Game introduced, as part of the player selection, two players chosen by the commissioner to honour their years to their game.

With the renaming of conferences and divisions on a geographical basis for the 1993–94 season, the 1994 All-Star Game was the first between East and West in name since 1974, although the Wales vs. Campbell format pitted east against west from 1982 to 1993.

The All-Star Game in 1995 was a casualty of the 1994–95 NHL lockout, which shortened that season to just 48 regular season games. San Jose, the originally scheduled venue, was instead awarded the 1997 All-Star Game.

The 1998 All-Star Game featured the first change in format in years in an attempt to promote the first Olympic hockey tournament with participation from NHL players. From 1998 to 2002, a team of North American All-Stars faced a team of non-North Americans, known as the World All-Stars. Some critics suggested replacing the game with a miniature national tournament, in the style of the World Cup of Hockey. Some fans were unhappy with a team consisting of 75% Canadian players being labeled "North America." The "First International Showdown", as it was billed, resulted in the North American All-Stars winning 8–7.


The 2003 Game's format was reverted to its classic East vs. West format. Dany Heatley scored four goals, tying an All-Star Game record, in addition to recording a shootout goal. Heatley also set the record for being the youngest player to score a hat-trick in the All-Star Game, a record previously held by the Edmonton Oilers' Wayne Gretzky. This shootout, the first of its kind in the NHL in the modern era, received an enthusiastic, frenzied response from the crowd when it was announced, and carried on during the event. This was influential in the later decision to decide regular season games tied after overtime with a shootout, thus eliminating tie games.

The All-Star Game was dealt two serious blows in 2005. Not only was the game canceled along with the rest of the season as a result of the 2004–05 NHL lockout, but the subsequent CBA that ended the lockout stipulated that heretofore the game was to be held only in non-Olympic years. Thus, there was no All-Star Game held during the 2005–06 season either.

After a two-season absence, the 2007 Game was played in Dallas, where the West defeated the East, 12–9. Daniel Briere of the Buffalo Sabres recorded a goal and four assists and was named the Game's MVP.

The Atlanta Thrashers hosted the 2008 Game, as they had been originally scheduled to host the canceled Game in 2005. The Eastern Conference won the Game 8–7 on a late game-winning goal by Marc Savard with 20.9 seconds remaining in the third period, beating St. Louis Blues goaltender Manny Legace. Eric Staal was named the MVP.

In 2009, the Bell Centre, the home of the Montreal Canadiens, hosted the Game, as well as the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. In the Game, the Eastern Conference defeated the Western Conference 12–11 in a shootout (east 2/3 west 0/2). Approximately 21,000 people attended the game, where then-Canadien Alexei Kovalev was named the Game's MVP after scoring two goals and one assist, as well as the shootout winner. Montreal fans voted Kovalev into the starting lineup, in addition to teammates Andrei Markov, Carey Price and Mike Komisarek. The Canadiens were picked to host both events because the Montreal Canadiens team celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2009. The team was established in 1909 as a founding member of the National Hockey Association (NHA) which became the NHL in 1917.

A small number of All-Star players questioned their potential participation in 2009. Past and current All-Stars must obtain an excused absence (often related to injury or personal circumstances) by the League if they will not participate. If this approved absence is not obtained, a one-game regular season suspension is possible.[15]


There was no All-Star Game in 2010 because of both a change to the CBA and 2010 being an Olympic Games year—the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver marked the first time that the Olympics had been hosted in an NHL market since the League allowed its players to compete in the Olympics.[16]

The 2011 All-Star Game was played in Raleigh, North Carolina, home of the Carolina Hurricanes. Gary Bettman announced at the RBC Center on April 8, 2010, that the game would be held in Raleigh. The Phoenix Coyotes were originally slated to host the Game that year in replacement of the 2006 Game, which they had again originally been awarded before the NHL ultimately decided not to hold the Game the Olympic year. Amid fears that the Coyotes franchise would not "right its ship" by February 2011, however, the cities of Pittsburgh, Raleigh and Ottawa rose as candidates for the 2011 Game, with Raleigh eventually being chosen, having been promised the Game since the Hurricanes reached 12,000 season ticket sales earlier in the decade. The 2011 Game also introduced a new format, replacing the traditional conference teams with a "fantasy draft." Fans voted for six players, from either conference (three forwards, two defencemen and one goaltender), while the NHL selected another 36 players for a total of 42 players. The chosen players then selected two captains for each All-Star team, who then selected their teammates in a draft. The chosen captains for the 2011 Game were Nicklas Lidstrom of Detroit and Eric Staal of Carolina.

The 2012 Game repeated the fantasy draft format, with Daniel Alfredsson and Zdeno Chara as captains. The game was played in Ottawa to honor the 20th anniversary of the Senators' return to the NHL.

The 2013 All-Star Game was originally scheduled for January 27, 2013, at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, the home of the Columbus Blue Jackets. The game was postponed to 2015, however, first due to the 2012–13 NHL lockout,[17] which delayed the start of the 2012–13 season until January 19, 2013, followed the inability to play in 2014 due to it falling on an Olympic Games year, where NHL players competed at the XXII Winter Olympics in Sochi. The Game was eventually played on January 25, 2015.

The 2016 All-Star Game was played on January 31, 2016, at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, the home of Nashville Predators. The game, which featured a number of country music acts in the festivities, was notable for both a new format (instead of a single game, a four-division, three-on-three tournament was held) and the appearance of John Scott, a journeyman enforcer who was voted into the game through a fan vote. Scott, who had been demoted to the American Hockey League after the vote, played as a member of no team and, as captain of the Pacific Division, scored two goals (after scoring none the entire regular season up to that point) and won the game's Most Valuable Player award.

Since that game in Nashville, the format was changed so that it was no longer a singular all-star game per se; instead, four all-star teams, each representing one of the league's four divisions, participate in a two-round knockout tournament, with each game being two 10-minute halves in length and played with three skaters on each team.[18] That format was used in the subsequent All-Star Games.

The 2017 All-Star Game was played on January 29, 2017, at Staples Center in Los Angeles, to honour of the Kings' 50th anniversary. The 2018 All-Star Game was then played on January 28, 2018, at Amalie Arena in Tampa, the second time the Tampa Bay Lightning have hosted the All-Star Game, the first being in 1999, and the third overall in Florida.[19]

The 2019 All-Star Game was hosted by the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on January 26, 2019, the first time it will be held on a Saturday after many years of the game being played on a Sunday.[20][21]


On January 1, 2019, it was announced the 2020 All Star Game will be hosted by the St. Louis Blues at Enterprise Center. This will be the first time since 1988 that St. Louis hosts the game.[22]

Six current NHL cities have not yet been awarded and subsequently hosted the NHL All-Star Game: Anaheim, Glendale, Las Vegas, Newark, Washington, D.C. and Winnipeg.[23] The New Jersey Devils did host the game in 1984, though they were then based in East Rutherford, while the Capitals hosted the game in 1982 when they were based in Landover, Maryland. Other than the home arenas of the Devils and Capitals, the Prudential Center in Newark and the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C., the other new arenas that have not hosted the All-Star Game in markets that have hosted it previously are the United Center in Chicago, PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, KeyBank Center in Buffalo, Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Rogers Place in Edmonton and Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.


The hosting teams in Italic means that they went on to win the Stanley Cup later in that season.

Game (Year)ResultHost TeamHost arenaHost cityGame MVP, Team
1st (1947)All–Stars 4 – Maple Leafs 3Toronto Maple Leafs (1)Maple Leaf GardensToronto, OntarioN/A
2nd (1948)All–Stars 3 – Maple Leafs 1Chicago Black Hawks (1)Chicago StadiumChicago, IllinoisN/A
3rd (1949)All–Stars 3 – Maple Leafs 1Toronto Maple Leafs (2)Maple Leaf Gardens (2)Toronto, Ontario (2)N/A
4th (1950)Red Wings 7 – All–Stars 1Detroit Red Wings (1)Olympia StadiumDetroit, MichiganN/A
5th (1951)Team #1 2 – Team #2 2Toronto Maple Leafs (3)Maple Leaf Gardens (3)Toronto, Ontario (3)N/A
6th (1952)Team #1 1 – Team #2 1Detroit Red Wings (2)Olympia Stadium (2)Detroit, Michigan (2)N/A
7th (1953)All–Stars 3 – Canadiens 1Montreal Canadiens (1)Montreal ForumMontreal, QuebecN/A
8th (1954)All–Stars 2 – Red Wings 2Detroit Red Wings (3)Olympia Stadium (3)Detroit, Michigan (3)N/A
9th (1955)Red Wings 3 – All–Stars 1Detroit Red Wings (4)Olympia Stadium (4)Detroit, Michigan (4)N/A
10th (1956)All–Stars 1 – Canadiens 1Montreal Canadiens (2)Montreal Forum (2)Montreal, Quebec (2)N/A
11th (1957)All Stars 5 – Canadiens 3Montreal Canadiens (3)Montreal Forum (3)Montreal, Quebec (3)N/A
12th (1958)Canadiens 6 – All–Stars 3Montreal Canadiens (4)Montreal Forum (4)Montreal, Quebec (4)N/A
13th (1959)Canadiens 6 – All–Stars 1Montreal Canadiens (5)Montreal Forum (5)Montreal, Quebec (5)N/A
14th (1960)All–Stars 2 – Canadiens 1Montreal Canadiens (6)Montreal Forum (6)Montreal, Quebec (6)N/A
15th (1961)All–Stars 3 – Black Hawks 1Chicago Black Hawks (2)Chicago Stadium (2)Chicago, Illinois (2)N/A
16th (1962)Maple Leafs 4 – All–Stars 1Toronto Maple Leafs (4)Maple Leaf Gardens (4)Toronto, Ontario (4)Eddie Shack, Toronto Maple Leafs
17th (1963)All–Stars 3 – Maple Leafs 3Toronto Maple Leafs (5)Maple Leaf Gardens (5)Toronto, Ontario (5)Frank Mahovlich, Toronto Maple Leafs
18th (1964)All–Stars 3 – Maple Leafs 2Toronto Maple Leafs (6)Maple Leaf Gardens (6)Toronto, Ontario (6)Jean Beliveau, Montreal Canadiens
19th (1965)All–Stars 5 – Canadiens 2Montreal Canadiens (7)Montreal Forum (7)Montreal, Quebec (7)Gordie Howe, Detroit Red Wings
(1966)No game as it was shifted to the middle of the season.
20th (1967)Canadiens 3 – All–Stars 0Montreal Canadiens (8)Montreal Forum (8)Montreal, Quebec (8)Henri Richard, Montreal Canadiens
21st (1968)Maple Leafs 4 – All–Stars 3Toronto Maple Leafs (7)Maple Leaf Gardens (7)Toronto, Ontario (7)Bruce Gamble, Toronto Maple Leafs
22nd (1969)East 3 – West 3Montreal Canadiens (9)Montreal Forum (9)Montreal, Quebec (9)Frank Mahovlich, Detroit Red Wings
23rd (1970)East 4 – West 1St. Louis Blues (1)St. Louis ArenaSt. Louis, MissouriBobby Hull, Chicago Black Hawks
24th (1971)West 2 – East 1Boston Bruins (1)Boston GardenBoston, MassachusettsBobby Hull, Chicago Black Hawks
25th (1972)East 3 – West 2Minnesota North Stars (1)Met CenterBloomington, MinnesotaBobby Orr, Boston Bruins
26th (1973)East 5 – West 4New York Rangers (1)Madison Square GardenNew York City, New YorkGreg Polis, Pittsburgh Penguins
27th (1974)West 6 – East 4Chicago Black Hawks (3)Chicago Stadium (3)Chicago, Illinois (3)Garry Unger, St. Louis Blues
28th (1975)Wales 7 – Campbell 1Montreal Canadiens (10)Montreal Forum (10)Montreal, Quebec (10)Syl Apps, Jr., Pittsburgh Penguins
29th (1976)Wales 7 – Campbell 5Philadelphia Flyers (1)The SpectrumPhiladelphia, PennsylvaniaPeter Mahovlich, Montreal Canadiens
30th (1977)Wales 4 – Campbell 3Vancouver Canucks (1)Pacific ColiseumVancouver, British ColumbiaRick Martin, Buffalo Sabres
31st (1978)Wales 3 – Campbell 2 (OT)Buffalo Sabres (1)Buffalo Memorial AuditoriumBuffalo, New YorkBilly Smith, New York Islanders
(1979)Canceled in favour of the 1979 Challenge Cup between the NHL All–Stars and the Soviet Union.
32nd (1980)Wales 6 – Campbell 3Detroit Red Wings (5)Joe Louis ArenaDetroit, Michigan (5)Reggie Leach, Philadelphia Flyers
33rd (1981)Campbell 4 – Wales 1Los Angeles Kings (1)The ForumInglewood, CaliforniaMike Liut, St. Louis Blues
34th (1982)Wales 4 – Campbell 2Washington Capitals (1)Capital CentreLandover, MarylandMike Bossy, New York Islanders
35th (1983)Campbell 9 – Wales 3New York Islanders (1)Nassau ColiseumUniondale, New YorkWayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers
36th (1984)Wales 7 – Campbell 6New Jersey Devils (1)Brendan Byrne ArenaEast Rutherford, New JerseyDon Maloney, New York Rangers
37th (1985)Wales 6 – Campbell 4Calgary Flames (1)Olympic SaddledomeCalgary, AlbertaMario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins
38th (1986)Wales 4 – Campbell 3 (OT)Hartford Whalers (1)Hartford Civic CenterHartford, ConnecticutGrant Fuhr, Edmonton Oilers
(1987)Canceled in favour of Rendez-vous '87 between the NHL All–Stars and the Soviet Union.
39th (1988)Wales 6 – Campbell 5 (OT)St. Louis Blues (2)St. Louis Arena (2)St. Louis, Missouri (2)Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins
40th (1989)Campbell 9 – Wales 5Edmonton Oilers (1)Northlands ColiseumEdmonton, AlbertaWayne Gretzky, Los Angeles Kings
41st (1990)Wales 12 – Campbell 7Pittsburgh Penguins (1)Pittsburgh Civic ArenaPittsburgh, PennsylvaniaMario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins
42nd (1991)Campbell 11 – Wales 5Chicago Blackhawks (4)Chicago Stadium (4)Chicago, Illinois (4)Vincent Damphousse, Toronto Maple Leafs
43rd (1992)Campbell 10 – Wales 6Philadelphia Flyers (2)The Spectrum (2)Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2)Brett Hull, St. Louis Blues
44th (1993)Wales 16 – Campbell 6Montreal Canadiens (11)Montreal Forum (11)Montreal, Quebec (11)Mike Gartner, New York Rangers
1994East 9 – West 8New York Rangers (2)Madison Square Garden (2)New York, New York (2)Mike Richter, New York Rangers
(1995)Canceled due to the league's lockout.
Game was originally set to play at the San Jose Arena in San Jose, California.
1996East 5 – West 4Boston Bruins (2)FleetCenterBoston, Massachusetts (2)Ray Bourque, Boston Bruins
1997East 11 – West 7San Jose Sharks (1)San Jose ArenaSan Jose, CaliforniaMark Recchi, Montreal Canadiens
1998North America 8 – World 7Vancouver Canucks (2)General Motors PlaceVancouver, British Columbia (2)Teemu Selanne, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
1999North America 8 – World 6Tampa Bay Lightning (1)Ice PalaceTampa, FloridaWayne Gretzky, New York Rangers
2000World 9 – North America 4Toronto Maple Leafs (8)Air Canada CentreToronto, Ontario (8)Pavel Bure, Florida Panthers
2001North America 14 – World 12Colorado Avalanche (1)Pepsi CenterDenver, ColoradoBill Guerin, Boston Bruins
2002World 8 – North America 5Los Angeles Kings (2)Staples CenterLos Angeles, CaliforniaÉric Daze, Chicago Blackhawks
2003West 6 – East 5 (SO)Florida Panthers (1)Office Depot CenterSunrise, FloridaDany Heatley, Atlanta Thrashers
2004East 6 – West 4Minnesota Wild (1)Xcel Energy CenterSaint Paul, MinnesotaJoe Sakic, Colorado Avalanche
(2005)Canceled due to the League's lockout.
Game was originally set to play at the Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.
(2006)No game due to the XX Winter Olympic Games in Turin, Italy.
Game was originally set to play at Arena in Glendale, Arizona.
2007West 12 – East 9Dallas Stars (1)American Airlines CenterDallas, TexasDaniel Briere, Buffalo Sabres
2008East 8 – West 7Atlanta Thrashers (1)Philips ArenaAtlanta, GeorgiaEric Staal, Carolina Hurricanes
2009East 12 – West 11 (SO)Montreal Canadiens (12)Bell CentreMontreal, Quebec (12)Alexei Kovalev, Montreal Canadiens
(2010)No game due to the XXI Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, British Columbia.
2011Team Lidstrom 11 – Team Staal 10Carolina Hurricanes (1)RBC CenterRaleigh, North CarolinaPatrick Sharp, Chicago Blackhawks
2012Team Chara 12 – Team Alfredsson 9Ottawa Senators (1)Scotiabank PlaceOttawa, OntarioMarian Gaborik, New York Rangers
(2013)Canceled due to the League's lockout.
Game was originally set to play at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.[24]
(2014)No game due to the XXII Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
2015Team Toews 17 – Team Foligno 12Columbus Blue Jackets (1)Nationwide ArenaColumbus, OhioRyan Johansen, Columbus Blue Jackets
2016Atlantic 4 – Metropolitan 3
Pacific 9 – Central 6
Pacific 1 – Atlantic 0
Nashville Predators (1)Bridgestone ArenaNashville, TennesseeJohn Scott[lower-alpha 1]
2017Pacific 10 – Central 3
Metropolitan 10 – Atlantic 6
Metropolitan 4 – Pacific 3
Los Angeles Kings (3)Staples Center (2)Los Angeles, California (2)Wayne Simmonds, Philadelphia Flyers
2018Pacific 5Central 2
Atlantic 7Metropolitan 4
Pacific 5 – Atlantic 2
Tampa Bay Lightning (2)Amalie Arena (2)Tampa, Florida (2)Brock Boeser, Vancouver Canucks
2019Central 10Pacific 4
Metropolitan 7Atlantic 4
Metropolitan 10 – Central 5
San Jose Sharks (2)SAP Center (2)San Jose, California (2)Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
2020St. Louis Blues (3)Enterprise CenterSt. Louis, Missouri (3)
  1. Scott was selected as an All-Star while he was a member of the Arizona Coyotes, through a fan vote. Between the time of being voted in and the game, Scott was traded on January 15 to the Montreal Canadiens, who sent him down to their AHL affiliate St. John's IceCaps; the league, on January 19, cleared Scott to remain in the All-Star Game.[25] As a result of the trade and demotion, Scott wore a generic NHL jersey in the Skills Competition and did not represent any specific team.[26]

Statistical leaders

Leading scorers

Player Points (g-a) Games Played
Wayne Gretzky 25 (13–12) 18
Mario Lemieux 23 (13–10) 10
Joe Sakic 22 (6–16) 12
Mark Messier 20 (6–14) 15
Gordie Howe 19 (10–9) 23

Most appearances


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  14. Podnieks(2000), p. 21
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  22. "Blues awarded the 2020 NHL All Star Game". STL Today. December 28, 2018. Retrieved January 1, 2019.
  23. NHL All-Star weekend is showcase
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  25. "John Scott will captain Pacific Division All-Stars". New York City: NHL Enterprises, L.P. January 19, 2016. Retrieved January 19, 2016.
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