1997 National Hockey League All-Star Game

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1997 NHL All-Star Game
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123 Total
East 461 11
West 241 7
DateJanuary 18, 1997
ArenaSan Jose Arena
CitySan Jose
MVPMark Recchi (Montreal)
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The 1997 National Hockey League All-Star Game took place on January 18, 1997, at San Jose Arena in San Jose, home of the San Jose Sharks. The final score was Eastern Conference 11, Western Conference 7. This game was originally scheduled for the 1994–95 season, but was cancelled due to the 1994–95 NHL lockout.

Super Skills Competition[edit]

The Eastern Conference won the skills competition for the first time since 1992. St. Louis Blues' Al MacInnis won the Hardest Shot event for the third time in his career by slapping the puck at 98.9 mph. Boston Bruins' defenceman Ray Bourque won the Shooting Accuracy event for the fourth time, hitting four targets in seven shots. Florida Panthers' goaltender John Vanbiesbrouck stopped all 10 shots by Mats Sundin and Derian Hatcher in Rapid-Fire Relay to outduel Colorado Avalanche netminder Patrick Roy who made nine saves. In the Power-Play Relay, Vanbiesbrouck allowed only two of six shots to elude him that were taken by Mighty Ducks of Anaheims' Teemu Selanne and Paul Kariya to claim the Goaltenders Competition.

Individual Event winners[edit]

The Game[edit]

Montreal Canadiens' right-winger Mark Recchi had a hat-trick to lead the Eastern Conference to an 11–7 victory and to be named All-Star M.V.P. Mark Recchi would become the fourth Montreal Canadien to receive the award. A record 10 goals was scored in the second period, including two from hometown favorite San Jose Sharks' right-winger Owen Nolan in a record eight seconds. Nolan would complete his hat-trick in the third period as he closed in on a breakaway towards Buffalo Sabres' goaltender Dominik Hasek. Nolan pointed to the top left corner and then fired a shot right off the bar top corner. Gary Thorne called it saying, "here come the chapeaus!". The crowd erupted, throwing hats everywhere.


Western Conference Eastern Conference
Final Score 7 11
Head Coach CanadaKen Hitchcock (Dallas Stars) CanadaDoug MacLean (Florida Panthers)
Honorary Captain CanadaDoug Wilson CanadaAndy Bathgate
Assistant Coach
Lineup Starting Lineup:

Commissioner's Selection:


Starting Lineup:

Commissioner's Selection:


Scoring Summary
  • Bure (Sundin, Amonte) 17:36 1st
  • Kariya (Bure, Ozolinsh) 18:36 1st
  • Bure (2) (Selanne, Fetisov) 4:40 2nd
  • Shanahan (Hull, Ozolinsh) 16:38 2nd (PPG)
  • Nolan (Fleury, Ozolinsh) 18:54 2nd
  • Nolan (2) (Amonte) 19:02 2nd
  • Nolan (3) (unassisted) 17:57 3rd
  • LeClair (Bondra, Stevens) 8:52 1st
  • Lemieux (Gretzky) 9:49 1st
  • Recchi (Messier, Alfredsson) 15:32 1st
  • Hawerchuk (Lindros, Coffey) 16:19 1st
  • Recchi (2) (Svehla, Messier) 1:56 2nd
  • Sanderson (Lindros) 3:21 2nd
  • Lemieux (2) (Svehla, Ciccarelli) 6:09 2nd
  • Messier (K. Hatcher, Alfredsson) 8:45 2nd (GWG)
  • Recchi (3) (Oates, Lemieux) 10:57 2nd
  • Hawerchuk (2) (LeClair, Stevens) 17:28 2nd
  • LeClair (2) (Bondra, Oates) 8:50 3rd


  • Coffey, hooking 15:37 2nd
  • Hatcher, hooking 14:56 3rd
Shots on Goal 12–13–21–46 15–15–11–41
Win/Loss L - Andy Moog W - Martin Brodeur

See also[edit]



  • Podnieks, Andrew (2000). The NHL All-Star Game: 50 years of the great tradition. Toronto: HarperCollins. ISBN 0-00-200058-X.
  • NHL Official Guide & Record Book 1997-98. Toronto, ON: National Hockey League. 1997. ISBN 0-920445-53-5.