26th National Hockey League All-Star Game

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26th NHL All-Star Game
123 Total
West 022 4
East 032 5
Date January 30, 1973
Arena Madison Square Garden
City New York City
MVP Greg Polis (Pittsburgh)
Attendance 16,986
← 1972 1974 →

The 26th National Hockey League All-Star Game was held in the Madison Square Garden in New York City, home of the New York Rangers, on January 30, 1973. It was the first time that the All-Star Game was held in New York. The East Division All-Stars defeated the West Division All-Stars 5–4. Greg Polis was named the game's most valuable player.

League business[edit]

Clarence Campbell, president of the NHL announced that the NHL was expanding to Kansas City and Washington, D.C.[1]


Since the introduction of the divisional format of the game in 1969, the East Division All-Stars had worn white jerseys, while the West Division All-Stars had worn navy blue jerseys. The uniforms were redesigned for 1973, and beginning with this game and continuing through the 1993 game, the home division or conference would wear the white jersey, while the visiting team would wear the dark jersey, which was orange until 1988.

Both the white and orange designs featured the same striping - a wide orange stripe with white stars bounded by two thin black stripes on both the sleeves and the waist. The NHL shield replaced the player number on the front of the jersey. The upper chest featured two large stars (orange on the white jersey, and vice versa), each containing a small NHL shield, and the shoulders also featured small NHL shields - elements carried over from the previous white East Division jersey. However, the shoulder striping from the previous design was removed. The numbers on the white jersey were orange with a black outline, while the orange jersey featured black numbers with a white outline. Both jerseys featured a black V-neck.

These uniforms continued to be used through the 33rd National Hockey League All-Star Game in 1981.

Team Lineups[edit]

East Division All-Stars[edit]

# Nat. Player Pos. Team
1 Canada Ed Giacomin New York Rangers
30 Canada Gilles Villemure New York Rangers
2 Canada Brad Park New York Rangers
3 Canada Gary Bergman Detroit Red Wings
4 Canada Bobby Orr Boston Bruins
5 Canada Guy Lapointe Montreal Canadiens
18 Canada Serge Savard Montreal Canadiens
20 Canada Dallas Smith Boston Bruins
6 Canada Rick Martin LW Buffalo Sabres
7 Canada Phil Esposito C Boston Bruins
8 Canada Ken Hodge RW Boston Bruins
9 Canada Bobby Schmautz RW Vancouver Canucks
12 Canada Yvan Cournoyer RW Montreal Canadiens
14 Canada Dave Keon C Toronto Maple Leafs
15 Canada Rene Robert RW Buffalo Sabres
17 Canada Ed Westfall RW New York Islanders
19 Canada Jean Ratelle C New York Rangers
21 Canada Paul Henderson LW Toronto Maple Leafs
25 Canada Jacques Lemaire C Montreal Canadiens
27 Canada Frank Mahovlich LW Montreal Canadiens

West Division All-Stars[edit]

# Nat. Player Pos. Team
1 Canada Tony Esposito Chicago Black Hawks
30 Canada Rogie Vachon Los Angeles Kings
2 Canada Bill White Chicago Black Hawks
3 Canada Terry Harper Los Angeles Kings
4 Canada Gilles Marotte Los Angeles Kings
5 Canada Barry Gibbs Minnesota North Stars
6 Canada Barclay Plager St. Louis Blues
14 Canada Randy Manery Atlanta Flames
7 Canada Pit Martin C Chicago Black Hawks
8 Canada Jim Pappin RW Chicago Black Hawks
9 Canada Garry Unger C St. Louis Blues
10 Canada Dennis Hull LW Chicago Black Hawks
11 Canada J. P. Parise LW Minnesota North Stars
12 Canada Gary Dornhoefer RW Philadelphia Flyers
16 Canada Bobby Clarke C Philadelphia Flyers
17 Canada Bob Berry LW Los Angeles Kings
21 Canada Stan Mikita C Chicago Black Hawks
22 Canada Greg Polis LW Pittsburgh Penguins
23 Canada Joey Johnston LW California Golden Seals
26 Canada Lowell MacDonald $W Pittsburgh Penguins

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

Source: Podnieks[2]

Game summary[edit]

# Score Team Goalscorer (Assist(s)) Time
First period
No scoring
Penalties : Orr(East) 11:11, Bergman(East) 14:52
Second period
1 1-0 West Polis (Clarke, MacDonald) 0:55
2 1-1 East Robert (Park) 3:56
3 1-2 East Mahovlich (unassisted) 16:27
4 1-3 East Henderson (Esposito, Hodge) 19:12
5 2-3 West P. Martin (Hull, Pappin) 19:29
Penalties : Hodge(East) 6:26
Third period
6 2-4 East Lemaire (Mahovlich, Lapointe) 3:19
7 3–4 West Polis (Harper) 4:27
8 4–4 West Harper (Mikita) 9:27
9 4-5 East Schmautz (Savard) 13:59
Penalties : White(West) 10:03

Goaltenders :

  • East: Villemure (29:16 minutes), Giacomin (30:44 minutes).
  • West: T. Esposito (29:16 minutes), Vachon (30:44 minutes).

Shots on goal :

  • East (34) 18 - 9 - 9
  • West (30) 8 - 10 - 12

Referee : Lloyd Gilmour

Linesmen : Neil Armstrong, John D'Amico

Source: Podnieks[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Podnieks 2000, p. 125.
  2. ^ a b Podnieks 2000, p. 130.
  • Podnieks, Andrew (2000). The NHL All-Star Game: 50 years of tradition. Toronto: HarperCollins. ISBN 0-00-200058-X.