1996 National Hockey League All-Star Game

The 1996 National Hockey League All-Star Game took place at the FleetCenter in Boston on January 20, 1996. The 46th game was originally scheduled to take place in 1995, but the lockout of the 1994–95 NHL season led to its postponement.

1996 NHL All-Star Game
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123 Total
West 031 4
East 221 5
DateJanuary 20, 1996
MVPRay Bourque (Boston)
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Super Skills CompetitionEdit

The Western Conference would win their third-straight Skills Competition on a second round tie-breaking penalty shot goal. In the individual events Sergei Fedorov tied the record for Fastest Skater (13.510s '93 Gartner), only a few races later to have Mike Gartner break his previous record by finishing the event at 13.386 seconds, which stood as the record until Dylan Larkin scored a 13.172 second skate in 2016.[1] Mark Messier would win the Accuracy Shooting event by becoming the second player to hit four targets on four shots.

Individual Event winnersEdit

The gameEdit

Boston Bruins' defensemen Ray Bourque scored with just 37.3 seconds remaining in regulation to lift the Eastern Conference to a 5–4 victory in front of the home crowd in Boston. For his heroics, the 17-year veteran was named All-Star M.V.P.[citation needed]

The East built a 2–0 lead after the first period as New Jersey Devils' goaltender Martin Brodeur was able to stop all 12 shots. Philadelphia Flyers' Eric Lindros and New York Rangers' Pat Verbeek opened the scoring in the first period. In the second period, Pittsburgh Penguins' Jaromir Jagr would score to increase the East lead to 3–0. However, the Western Conference responded by scoring three of the next four goals in the second period to pull within one, going into the third. Winnipeg Jets' Teemu Selanne would tie the game at 4–4 with 3:29 remaining, before Bourque scored the winning goal.

Additional informationEdit

This was also the first game where the FoxTrax was used in the All-Star Game.[citation needed] Jim Kelley revealed on Prime Time Sports that Dominik Hasek, the winning goaltender, was chosen as the game MVP but he overruled the vote[citation needed] because Bourque scored the game winner and the game was in Boston, where Bourque played most of his career. The losing goaltender was the Chicago Blackhawks' Ed Belfour, starting his fourth All-Star Game. The third Eastern Conference goaltender, Jim Carey of the Washington Capitals, would later in the 1995–96 NHL season win the Vezina Trophy as hockey's best goaltender. All three Eastern Conference goalies, and Western Conference goalie Chris Osgood were making their All-Star debuts in Boston.

Beginning with this year's All Star Game, the head coaches were selected by whose team had the best regular season record in his respective conference, during the season up to the All Star break. Before this, the head coaches of the previous season's Stanley Cup finalist were chosen.


Western Conference Eastern Conference
Final score 4 5
Scoring summary
  • Hull (Kariya, Coffey), 5:33 2nd
  • Coffey (Fedorov, Mogilny), 11:42 2nd
  • Kariya (Sundin), 17:47 2nd
  • Selanne (unassisted), 16:31 3rd
  • Lindros (Leetch, LeClair), 11:05 1st
  • Verbeek (Lemieux, Schneider), 13:49 1st
  • Jagr (Lemieux, Francis), 2:07 2nd
  • Shanahan (Turgeon, Neely), 8:51 2nd
  • Bourque (Verbeek, Messier), 19:22 3rd (GWG)
  • Western, too many men 4:35, 1st
  • Eastern, too many men 15:14 2nd
Shots on goal 12–7–13–32 18–15–8–41
Win/Loss L - Felix Potvin W - Dominik Hasek


Western Conference Eastern Conference
Head coach  Scotty Bowman (Detroit Red Wings)  Doug MacLean (Florida Panthers)
Honorary captain  Glenn Hall  Bobby Orr
Assistant coach  Marc Crawford (Colorado Avalanche)  Eddie Johnston (Pittsburgh Penguins)
Lineup Starting lineup:

Commissioner's selection:


Starting lineup:

Commissioner's selection:


See alsoEdit


Murphy replaced Gary Suter, who was injured, in the lineup.


  • Podnieks, Andrew (2000). NHL all-star game : 50 years of the great tradition. Toronto: Harper Collins. ISBN 0-00-200058-X.
  1. ^ Kloke, Joshua. "Larkin sets record for fastest skater". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2020-01-25.