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With the NHL All-Star game approaching, we wanted to call attention to an All-Star game played back on January 25th, 1972. The ’71-‘72 season was a busy year for the National Hockey League. A rival league, the World Hockey Association (WHA), was in the midst of starting their inaugural season and was working to steal big name players from the NHL. In an effort to one up its new competition, the NHL announced two new expansion teams, the New York Islanders and the Atlanta Flames. Despite the distractions of the WHA, the NHL had a highly competitive season ’71-’72 and still drew the world’s best talent in the game of hockey. Bobby Hull would score his 600th NHL goal, and Gary Cheevers would set a Boston Bruins record for most consecutive wins with 33 straight victories (a record that still stands today).
For the All-Star game, the game itself would act as a tune up game for the ’72 Summit against the Soviet Nationals. 21 of the 38 players in the All-Star game would go on to play for Team Canada in the ’72 Summit. NHL greats like Bobby Clarke, Phil Esposito, Ken Dryden, Bobby Orr all played in this East vs West Division battle. The game itself was held in the Mets Sports Center, home of the Minnesota North Stars in Bloomington, Minnesota.
All-Star games of today aren’t like the All-Star games of the 70s. Not to say that you could keep your head on a swivel, but you certainly couldn’t keep your head down like in today’s game. In the ’72 All-Star game, there were several tripping and hooking penalties and the game was relatively low scoring. In the end, eventually Norris Trophy winner Bobby Orr set up Boston Bruins teammate Phil Esposito for the game winning goal early in the 3rd period, and the East Division beat the West Division 3-2. Later that season, Team Canada would also go on to beat the Soviet Nationals in the ’72 Summit.
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The 2010 MLB All Star Game is upon us and the nation will be watching as the 81st Midsummer Classic sets off tonight at 8pm at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. When the best players in Major League Baseball take the field for the American and National Leagues, great moments are bound to happen. Here is a look at some top performances in All Star History.
When looking back on this year’s event three, five or 12 months from now…what great name(s) will join the likes of Babe Ruth, Reggie Jackson, Fred Lynn, Stan Musial and Cal Ripken, Jr. as accomplishing one of the greatest MLB All Star Performances? Will it be Iminez? Braun? Ramirez? Will the NL squad break the 13-year losing streak (We kinda hope so)?
We want to hear what you think, so let us know!
The Miami Arena hosted the 40th NBA All Star Game on February 11, 1990. There were just a few players you might be familiar with that participated in this game... here are the rosters:
East-Charles Barkley, Larry Bird, Patrick Ewing, Michael Jordan, Isaih Thomas, Kevin McHale, Joe Dumars, Robert Parish, Reggie Miller, Dominique Wilkins, Dennis Rodman and Scottie Pippen.
West- A.C. Green, James Worthy, Hakeem Olajuwon, Earvin "Magic" Johnson, John Stockton, Tom Chambers, Clyde Drexler, David Robinson, Chris Mullin, Kevin Johnson, Rolando Blackman, Lafayette Lever and Karl Malone.
The East defeated the West 130-113, with seven players scoring double digits, led by Michael Jordan and Charles Barkely, each dropping 17. Magic Johnson of the Los Angeles Lakers, collected 22 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists for the West and received his first NBA All-Star Game MVP trophy in his ninth appearance at the event.
Check out some great highlights from the game!
If you're a regular reader of the Mitchell & Ness blog & facebook page then you already know that today is the 25th Anniversary of the 1985 NBA All Star Game. Since we've already given you the info on this being MJ's All Star debut, let's focus on what else happened on this day at the Hoosier Dome.
- 43,146 people attended, making it the most attended NBA All Star Game to that date. That record was broken in 1990 when the game was played at the Houston Astrodome and will be crushed this year in Dallas at Cowboys Stadium.
- The West won the game, 140 - 129, behind Houston's Ralph Sampson and his MVP performance of 24 points and 10 rebounds. Magic Johnson was the second leading scorer for the West with 21 points and an amazing 15 assists. For the East, Isiah Thomas tossed in 22 points and Larry Bird had 21.
- The East squad was coached by KC Jones while Pat Riley led the West to the victory.
- Michael Jordan contributed the games first basket and rebound.
- The game was tied at halftime and the West led by five at the end of the 3rd quarter.
- Most minutes played - Moses Malone (33). Fewest minutes played - Robert Parish (10).
Check out this video which includes introductions of both squads. Check out the warm-ups! Our votes for favorites go to the Bucks and Jazz. Your thoughts?