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40th NHL All-Star Game <tr style="text-align: center; background: #ffffff;"><td colspan="2" align="center">NHL AllStar 1989</td></tr>
1 2 3 Total
Wales 2 1 2 5
Campbell 2 3 4 9
Date February 7, 1989
Arena Northlands Coliseum
City Edmonton, Alberta
MVP Wayne Gretzky (Los Angeles)
Attendance 17,503

</onlyinclude> The 40th National Hockey League All-Star Game was held in the Northlands Coliseum in Edmonton, Alberta, home to the Edmonton Oilers, on February 7, 1989.

The return of Wayne Gretzky Edit

The previous year saw the then-unthinkable trade of Wayne Gretzky to the Los Angeles Kings, a move that shocked many Canadians, but allowed the NHL to expand into new American markets. As Gretzky was a no-brainer to be a starter due to the fan-balloting process, the game was highly touted as Gretzky's return to Edmonton (despite the Kings having faced the Oilers in Edmonton earlier in the season). To this extent, even Campbell conference coach Glen Sather reserved Gretzky's old stall in the Oilers' dressing room, and he played on the line with then-current linemate Luc Robitaille and former linemate Jari Kurri. Gretzky was warmly welcomed in Edmonton, and for his part, scored a goal and two assists and earning the ceremonial car as the game's MVP (which he promptly gave to friend and former linemate Dave Semenko).

Boxscore Edit

Campbell Conference Wales Conference
Final score 9 5
Head coach Flag of CanadaGlen Sather (Edmonton Oilers) Flag of CanadaTerry O'Reilly (Boston Bruins)
Honorary captain Flag of CanadaBruce MacGregor Flag of CanadaNorm Ullman
Lineup Starting lineup:


Starting lineup:


Scoring summary
  • Kurri (Gretzky, Robitaille) 1:07 first
  • Gretzky (Duchesne) 4:33 first
  • Mullen (Messier, Nieuwendyk) 7:57 second
  • Yzerman (Duchesne, Ciccarelli) 17:21 second
  • Leeman (Carson) 17:35 second
  • Mullen (Manson) 6:53 third (GWG)
  • Robitaille (Kurri, Gretzky) 12:18 third
  • Carson (Leeman, Hull) 14:35 third
  • Messier (Nieuwendyk, Mullen) 17:14 third
  • Neely (Lemieux, Stevens) 9:47 first (PPG)
  • Poddubny (Ridley, Robinson) 10:38 first
  • Wesley (LaFontaine, Mullen) 3:16 second
  • Poddubny (Tocchet, Robinson) 4:40 third
  • Ridley (Bourque, Tocchet) 9:35 third
  • Messier, holding 9:35 first
  • Bourque, tripping 13:44 first
Shots on goal 14–9–15–38 13–10–14–37
Win/Loss W - Mike Vernon L - Reggie Lemelin

Notes Edit


  • Podnieks, Andrew (2000). The NHL All-Star Game: 50 years of the great tradition. Toronto: HarperCollins, 211–214. ISBN 000200058X. 

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