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.
|Date||January 25, 1972|
|Arena||Metropolitan Sports Center|
|MVP||Bobby Orr (Boston)|
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.
It was the first time since 1956 that Gordie Howe did not play in the All-Star Game.
|East||Goaltender in: Dryden||0:00|
|West||Goaltender in: T. Esposito||0:00|
|1||1-0||West||Goal: B. Hull (P. Martin, Maki)||17:01|
|2||2-0||West||Goal: Nolet (D. Hull)||1:11|
|3||2-1||East||Goal: Ratelle (Tremblay, Gilbert)||3:48|
|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|
|5||2-3||East||Goal: Esposito (Smith, Orr) (PPG)||19:16|
Shots on goal
Referee : Bruce Hood
Linesmen : Claude Béchard, Matt Pavelich