1972 NHL All-Star Game
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1972 NHL All-Star Game
25th NHL All-Star Game
123 Total
East 021 3
West 110 2
DateJanuary 25, 1972
ArenaMetropolitan Sports Center
CityBloomington
MVPBobby Orr (Boston)
Attendance15,423
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The 25th National Hockey League All-Star Game was held in the Metropolitan Sports Center in Bloomington, home of the Minnesota North Stars, on January 25, 1972. It was the first and only time the All-Star Game was held at the Metropolitan Sports Center. The East Division All-Stars defeated the West Division All-Stars 3-2. Bobby Orr was named the game's most valuable player.

League business

Clarence Campbell, president of the NHL announced that the NHL was expanding to Atlanta and Long Island. Campbell also indicated that the NHL would expand by two further teams for the 1974-75 season. The executives of the Central Hockey League and the Western Hockey League met to discuss the merger of their two leagues. The merger discussions were disrupted when Daniel Myers, owner of the Salt Lake Golden Eagles, committed suicide.[1]

The game

It was the first time since 1956 that Gordie Howe did not play in the All-Star Game.

Summary

# Score Team Goalscorer (Assist(s)) Time
First period
East Goaltender in: Dryden 0:00
West Goaltender in: T. Esposito 0:00
0-0 East Penalty: Hadfield 6:22
1 1-0 West Goal: B. Hull (P. Martin, Maki) 17:01
Second period
2 2-0 West Goal: Nolet (D. Hull) 1:11
3 2-1 East Goal: Ratelle (Tremblay, Gilbert) 3:48
2-1 West Penalty: White 5:26
2-1 East Goaltender out: Dryden
Goaltender in: Villemure
10:24
2-1 West Goaltender out: T. Esposito
Goaltender in: Worsley
10:24
4 2 -2 East Goal: McKenzie (Park, Seiling) 18:45
Third period
2-2 West Penalty: White 2:28
2-2 East Penalty: Esposito 5:34
2-2 East Penalty: Tremblay 8:42
2-2 West Penalty: Mohns 19:05
5 2-3 East Goal: Esposito (Smith, Orr) (PPG) 19:16

Goaltenders

  • East: Dryden (30:24 minutes), Villemure (29:36 minutes).
  • West: T. Esposito (30:24 minutes), Worsley (29:36 minutes).

Shots on goal

  • East (30) 09 - 08 - 13
  • West (27) 10 - 11 - 06
Officials

Referee : Bruce Hood

Linesmen : Claude Béchard, Matt Pavelich

Source: Podnieks[2]

Team Lineups

East Division All-Stars

West Division All-Stars

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

Source: Podnieks[2]

See also

References

  1. ^ Podnieks 2000, pp. 118-119.
  2. ^ a b Podnieks 2000, p. 123.
  • Podnieks, Andrew (2000). The NHL All-Star Game: 50 years of tradition. Toronto: HarperCollins. ISBN 0-00-200058-X.

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