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|Date||February 6 2000|
|Arena||Air Canada Centre|
|MVP||Pavel Bure (Florida)|
The all-star week festivities saw the Canadian Hockey League Top Prospects Game played on February 2, and an exhibition game between the Canadian and American women's national teams on February 3. The Heroes of Hockey game and the Skills Competition were held on February 5. It is to note that the opening face-off for the Heroes of Hockey game were Ted Lindsay and Fleming Mackell, two players who played in the 1st National Hockey League All-Star Game.
The week also was a good sendoff for Wayne Gretzky, who had retired the previous season. His #99 was raised to the rafters, despite him never playing for the hometown Toronto Maple Leafs, as a show of his number's league-wide retirement. Gretzky also made it clear that he would not partake in any oldtimer or Heroes of Hockey game unless it was held in Edmonton, a statement that was realized with the Heritage Classic three years later.
Super Skills Competition Edit
In the Skills Competition, the World All-Stars would win their third-straight skills competition. In the individual events, Boston Bruins' Ray Bourque and Florida Panthers' Viktor Kozlov shared the Accuracy Shot event, which was Bourque's seventh victory in the event. In addition, St. Louis Blues' Al MacInnis won his fourth straight Hardest Shot event, which was also his sixth all-time victory in the event, and Mighty Ducks of Anaheim' Paul Kariya would win his second-straight Puck Control Relay event.
Individual event winnersEdit
- Puck Control Relay - Paul Kariya (Mighty Ducks of Anaheim)
- Fastest Skater - Sami Kapanen (Carolina Hurricanes) - 13.649 seconds
- Accuracy Shooting - Ray Bourque (Boston Bruins)/Viktor Kozlov (Florida Panthers) - 4 hits, 5 shots
- Hardest Shot - Al MacInnis (St. Louis Blues) - 100.1 mph
- Goaltenders Competition - Mike Richter (New York Rangers) - 2 GA, 16 shots
The Game Edit
Florida Panthers' Pavel Bure and his brother Calgary Flames' Valeri Bure combined for six points (Pavel 3–1–4, Valeri 0–2–2) to lead the World All-Stars to their first All-Star Game victory over the North American All-Stars. Valeri would assist on two of Pavel's three goals to become the first brother combination to set up a goal, since the 1956 All-Star Game when Maurice and Henri Richard hooked up for an All-Star goal. Pavel Bure would become the first Russian-born player to win All-Star M.V.P. honors.
- Referees: Kerry Fraser, Don Koharski
- Linesmen: Gerard Gauthier, Ray Scapinello
- Television: ABC, CBC, SRC
- Note 1: Dominik Hasek was voted as a starter, but was not able to play due to injury. Roman Turek was selected to replace Hasek as the starting goaltender.
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