26th National Hockey League All-Star Game

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.

26th NHL All-Star Game
123 Total
West 022 4
East 032 5
DateJanuary 30, 1973
ArenaMadison Square Garden
CityNew York City
MVPGreg Polis (Pittsburgh)
 1972 1974 

League business

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

East Division All-Stars

# Nat. Player Pos. Team
1Ed GiacominNew York Rangers
30Gilles VillemureNew York Rangers
2Brad ParkNew York Rangers
3Gary BergmanDetroit Red Wings
4Bobby OrrBoston Bruins
5Guy LapointeMontreal Canadiens
18Serge SavardMontreal Canadiens
20Dallas SmithBoston Bruins
6Rick MartinLWBuffalo Sabres
7Phil EspositoCBoston Bruins
8Ken HodgeRWBoston Bruins
9Bobby SchmautzRWVancouver Canucks
12Yvan CournoyerRWMontreal Canadiens
14Dave KeonCToronto Maple Leafs
15Rene RobertRWBuffalo Sabres
17Ed WestfallRWNew York Islanders
19Jean RatelleCNew York Rangers
21Paul HendersonLWToronto Maple Leafs
25Jacques LemaireCMontreal Canadiens
27Frank MahovlichLWMontreal Canadiens

West Division All-Stars

# Nat. Player Pos. Team
1Tony EspositoChicago Black Hawks
30Rogie VachonLos Angeles Kings
2Bill WhiteChicago Black Hawks
3Terry HarperLos Angeles Kings
4Gilles MarotteLos Angeles Kings
5Barry GibbsMinnesota North Stars
6Barclay PlagerSt. Louis Blues
14Randy ManeryAtlanta Flames
7Pit MartinCChicago Black Hawks
8Jim PappinRWChicago Black Hawks
9Garry UngerCSt. Louis Blues
10Dennis HullLWChicago Black Hawks
11J. P. PariseLWMinnesota North Stars
12Gary DornhoeferRWPhiladelphia Flyers
16Bobby ClarkeCPhiladelphia Flyers
17Bob BerryLWLos Angeles Kings
21Stan MikitaCChicago Black Hawks
22Greg PolisLWPittsburgh Penguins
23Joey JohnstonLWCalifornia Golden Seals
26Lowell MacDonald$WPittsburgh Penguins

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

Source: Podnieks[2]

Game summary

#ScoreTeamGoalscorer (Assist(s))Time
First period
No scoring
Penalties : Orr(East) 11:11, Bergman(East) 14:52
Second period
11-0WestPolis (Clarke, MacDonald)0:55
21-1EastRobert (Park)3:56
31-2EastMahovlich (unassisted)16:27
41-3EastHenderson (Esposito, Hodge)19:12
52-3WestP. Martin (Hull, Pappin)19:29
Penalties : Hodge(East) 6:26
Third period
62-4EastLemaire (Mahovlich, Lapointe)3:19
73–4WestPolis (Harper)4:27
84–4WestHarper (Mikita)9:27
94-5EastSchmautz (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


  1. Podnieks 2000, p. 125.
  2. Podnieks 2000, p. 130.
  • Podnieks, Andrew (2000). The NHL All-Star Game: 50 years of tradition. Toronto: HarperCollins. ISBN 0-00-200058-X.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
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