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37th NHL All-Star Game
1 2 3 Total
Wales 2 2 2 6
Campbell 2 0 2 4
Date February 12, 1985
Arena Olympic Saddledome
City Calgary, Alberta
MVP Mario Lemieux (Pittsburgh)
Attendance 16,825


The 37th National Hockey League All-Star Game was held in the Olympic Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, home of the Calgary Flames, on February 12, 1985. The Wales Conference defeated the Campbell Conference 6–4. The game's most valuable player was Mario Lemieux, who became the only rookie to win All-Star MVP honours.

Host cityEdit

The 37th All-Star Game marked the first time the event was held in Calgary. The game was held in the two-year old Olympic Saddledome, which had been built following the Flames arrival in Calgary, and in anticipation of the 1988 Winter Olympics. A sell-out crowd of 16,825 attended the game, and the gala also sold out. In total, $100,000 was raised by the Flames which was donated to charity.

Campbell Conference and Edmonton Oilers head coach Glen Sather expressed displeasure that the fans in Calgary did not let go of the Battle of Alberta for the game. He took issue with the fans booing Edmonton's Wayne Gretzky during the player introductions and the game itself. "It's embarrassing when they boo Wayne when he touches the puck. They booed him once before when he was hurt so..." For his part, Gretzky downplayed Sather's concerns: "I've certainly got nothing against them booing me. I kind of get a kick out of it."


Mario Lemieux entered the game facing criticism from former NHL coach, and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation commentator, Don Cherry who stated that Lemieux was a "floater" in reference to Lemieux's lack of defensive play during the season. The 19-year-old rookie dismissed Cherry's arguments, stating that "the Penguins asked me to play offensively, not to care about my defensive play." Lemieux recorded two goals, including the game winner, and added an assist to earn honours as the game's most valuable player. Lemieux is the only player in All-Star Game history to win the award in his rookie year.

Boston's Ray Bourque led all scorers, recording four assists for the Wales Conference. Edmonton's Mike Krushelnyski led the Campbell Conference with three assists. Neither of the Flames representatives scored.

The game also had an increased European flavour when compared to previous All-Star Games. Four European players participated. Swedes Anders Hedberg and Pelle Lindbergh played for the Wales Conference. Swede Thomas Gradin, Czech Miroslav Frycer and Finn Jari Kurri reprsented the Campbell Conference. Hedberg and Frycer each scored a goal for their respective conferences.

Team Lineups Edit

Wales Conference All-Stars Edit

# Nat. Player Pos. Team
30 Flag of the United States Tom Barrasso Buffalo Sabres
31 Flag of Sweden Pelle Lindbergh Philadelphia Flyers
2 Flag of Canada Phil Russell New Jersey Devils
3 Flag of Canada Scott Stevens Washington Capitals
5 Flag of the United States Rod Langway Washington Capitals
6 Flag of the United States Mike Ramsey Buffalo Sabres
7 Flag of Canada Raymond Bourque Boston Bruins
24 Flag of the United States Chris Chelios Montreal Canadiens
9 Flag of Canada Ron Francis C Hartford Whalers
10 Flag of the United States Bobby Carpenter C Washington Capitals
11 Flag of Canada Mike Gartner RW Washington Capitals
12 Flag of Canada Tim Kerr C Philadelphia Flyers
15 Flag of Sweden Anders Hedberg RW New York Rangers
16 Flag of Canada Michel Goulet LW Quebec Nordiques
17 Flag of Canada Kirk Muller C New Jersey Devils
19 Flag of Canada Bryan Trottier C New York Islanders
21 Flag of Canada Brent Sutter C New York Islanders
22 Flag of Canada Mike Bossy RW New York Islanders
27 Flag of Canada John Tonelli LW New York Islanders
66 Flag of Canada Mario Lemieux C Pittsburgh Penguins

Campbell Conference All-Stars Edit

# Nat. Player Pos. Team
31 Flag of Canada Grant Fuhr Edmonton Oilers
35 Flag of Canada Andy Moog Edmonton Oilers
2 Flag of Canada Al MacInnis Calgary Flames
4 Flag of Canada Kevin Lowe Edmonton Oilers
7 Flag of Canada Paul Coffey Edmonton Oilers
8 Flag of Canada Randy Carlyle Winnipeg Jets
23 Flag of Canada Paul Reinhart Calgary Flames
24 Flag of Canada Doug Wilson Chicago Black Hawks
9 Flag of Canada Glenn Anderson RW Edmonton Oilers
10 Flag of Canada Dale Hawerchuk C Winnipeg Jets
11 Flag of Canada Brian Sutter LW St. Louis Blues
14 Flag of the Czech Republic Miroslav Frycer RW Toronto Maple Leafs
15 Flag of Canada Paul MacLean RW Winnipeg Jets
16 Flag of Canada Marcel Dionne C Los Angeles Kings
17 Flag of Finland Jari Kurri RW Edmonton Oilers
20 Flag of Sweden Thomas Gradin C Vancouver Canucks
25 Flag of Canada John Ogrodnick LW Detroit Red Wings
26 Flag of Canada Mike Krushelnyski C Edmonton Oilers
44 Flag of Canada Steve Payne LW Minnesota North Stars
99 Flag of Canada Wayne Gretzky C Edmonton Oilers

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

Boxscore Edit

Wales Conference Campbell Conference
Final score 6 4
Scoring summary
  • Francis (Kerr) 1:40 1st
  • Kerr (Goulet, Bourque) 5:31 1st
  • Hedberg (Lemieux, Chelios) 13:46 2nd
  • Lemieux (Muller, Bourque) 17:47 2nd
  • Lemieux (Bourque) 11:09 3rd
  • Gartner (Bourque) 19:51 3rd
  • Dionne (Ogrodnick) 6:33 1st
  • Frycer (Krushelnyski, Carlyle) 16:55 1st
  • Gretzky (Krushelnyski) 10:09 3rd
  • Carlyle (Krushelnyski) 17:09 3rd
  • Muller (Tripping) 14:20 1st
  • Russell (Hooking) 1:52 3rd
  • Dionne (Holding) 6:46 3rd
Shots on goal 14-10-12–36 7-10-9–26
Win/Loss W - Pelle Lindbergh L - Andy Moog


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