- 41st National Hockey League All-Star Game
Infobox ice hockey game
game_name = 41st NHL All-Star Game
visitor = Campbell
home = Wales
visitor_per1 = 2
visitor_per2 = 2
visitor_per3 = 3
visitor_total = 7
home_per1 = 7
home_per2 = 2
home_per3 = 3
home_total = 12
January 21 1990
Pittsburgh Civic Arena
attendance = 17,503
National Hockey LeagueAll-Star Game was held in Civic Arenain Pittsburgh, home to the Pittsburgh Penguins, on January 21, 1990. The game saw the team of all-stars from the Wales conference defeat the Campbell conference all-stars 12–7. The Montreal Canadienswere slated to host the 41st All-Star Game, but however withdrew their bid to considerations due to the superb hosting by Quebec Cityof Rendez-Vous '87. This had allowed the Penguins, who wanted to host an All-Star Game in 1993, to move up three years early.
For its part, Pittsburgh's organizers added much more to previous games, creating the first "true" All-Star weekend. Firstly was the addition of the
Heroes of Hockeygame, a two-period oldtimers' game between past NHL greats. The second was the addition of the National Hockey League All-Star Skills Competition, a competition between the players invited to the all-star game.
To accommodate the altered activities, the game itself was played on a Sunday afternoon instead of a Tuesday night, as was the case in previous years. This allowed American broadcaster NBC to air the game live across the United States - marking the first time that a national audience would see
Wayne Gretzkyand Mario Lemieuxplay. Referees and other officials were also wired with microphones in this game, as was the two head coaches. Finally, NBC also was allowed to conduct interviews with players during stoppages in play, to the chagrin of the " Hockey Night in Canada" crew, whose attempts to do likewise were repeatedly denied by the league in past years.
The Heroes of Hockey
The Heroes of Hockey game is a shortened two-period game between the Wales and Campbell alumni - unusual as many of the players invited to play predate the creation of the Wales and Campbell conferences. It would turn out that this was the only time Wales and Campbell alumni would face off - future editions of games had the home team's alumnus facing the "best of the rest", akin to the all-star game format of old.
Among the notable absences of this game, however, was
Gordie Howe, who had proposed a similar idea four years earlier in Hartford, but was rebuked by the league.
uper Skills Competition
The Super Skills competition was created by Paul Palmer, who adapted the "Showdown" feature seen on "
Hockey Night in Canada" from 1973 to 1980. All-star players would be rewarded with $2,500 for any win in the skills competition. The Campbell Conferencewould win the inaugural Skills Competition.
Individual Event winners
* Accuracy Shooting -
Ray Bourque( Boston Bruins) - 4 hits, 7 shots
* Hardest Shot -
Al Iafrate( Toronto Maple Leafs) - 96.0 mph
* Goaltenders Competition -
Kirk McLean( Vancouver Canucks) - 4 GA, 27 shots
The Game, at the time, broke many all-star game records: most goals scored by one team, most goals scored by both teams, and most goals in a period were among the more notable ones.
Mario Lemieuxscored four goals in the game, three on his first three shots and was the second player in All-Star history to score four goals. The inevitable Gretzky-Lemieux comparisons quickly came up, as Gretzky was held off the scoresheet and was on the ice when Lemieux scored all four goals. Not surprisingly, Lemieux was named the game's MVP.
Mario Lemieuxbecame the second player in All-Star history to score 4 goals in one game.
Wales Conferencescored 7 goals in the first period to establish an All-Star record for most goals in a period.
Campbell Conferenceestablished 22 shots in the third period, which is tied for second all-time in All-Star history.
* Tied for second for most shots by both teams in one period in All-Star history with 36 (Campbell 22/Wales 14) in the third period.
Bernie Nichollswas traded to the New York Rangersprior to the game, but remained part of the Campbell conference lineup.
Denis Savardand Thomas Steenwere named to the all-star team, but did not participate.
* This was the first NHL game of any type to air on American network television since May 24, 1980 - Game 6 of the 1980 Stanley Cup.
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