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25th National Hockey League All-Star Game

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.

25th NHL All-Star Game
123 Total
East 021 3
West 110 2
DateJanuary 25, 1972
ArenaMetropolitan Sports Center
MVPBobby Orr (Boston)
← 1971 1973 →


League businessEdit

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 gameEdit

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


# 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
2–1 West Goaltender out: T. Esposito
Goaltender in: Worsley
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


  • 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

Referee : Bruce Hood

Linesmen : Claude Béchard, Matt Pavelich

Source: Podnieks[2]

Team LineupsEdit

East Division All-StarsEdit

# Nat. Player Pos. Team
1   Ken Dryden Montreal Canadiens
30   Gilles Villemure New York Rangers
2   Brad Park New York Rangers
3   J. C. Tremblay Montreal Canadiens
4   Bobby Orr Boston Bruins
9   Dale Tallon Vancouver Canucks
16   Rod Seiling New York Rangers
20   Dallas Smith Boston Bruins
5   Red Berenson C Detroit Red Wings
6   Rick Martin LW Buffalo Sabres
7   Phil Esposito C Boston Bruins
8   Rod Gilbert RW New York Rangers
10   Gilbert Perreault C Buffalo Sabres
11   Vic Hadfield LW New York Rangers
12   Yvan Cournoyer RW Montreal Canadiens
17   Paul Henderson LW Toronto Maple Leafs
18   John McKenzie RW Boston Bruins
19   Jean Ratelle C New York Rangers
27   Frank Mahovlich LW Montreal Canadiens

West Division All-StarsEdit

# Nat. Player Pos. Team
1   Gump Worsley Minnesota North Stars
35   Tony Esposito Chicago Black Hawks
2   Bill White Chicago Black Hawks
3   Keith Magnuson Chicago Black Hawks
4   Ted Harris Minnesota North Stars
5   Carol Vadnais California Golden Seals
6   Doug Mohns Minnesota North Stars
12   Pat Stapleton Chicago Black Hawks
7   Garry Unger RW St. Louis Blues
8   Bill Goldsworthy RW Minnesota North Stars
9   Bobby Hull LW Chicago Black Hawks
10   Dennis Hull LW Chicago Black Hawks
11   Ross Lonsberry LW Los Angeles Kings
14   Pit Martin C Chicago Black Hawks
15   Bobby Clarke C Philadelphia Flyers
16   Chico Maki RW Chicago Black Hawks
17   Simon Nolet RW Philadelphia Flyers
21   Stan Mikita C Chicago Black Hawks
22   Greg Polis LW Pittsburgh Penguins

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

Source: Podnieks[2]

See alsoEdit


  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.