What the All-Star Game Used to Look Like
A Journey into Hockey
The NHL is gathering in Los Angeles this weekend for their All-Star Game weekend.
It has become something quite different from what it started out from.
The first official All-Star Game was held during the 1947–48 NHL season. Prior to that, there have been several occasions when benefit games and All-Star Games were played Hod Stuart Benefit All-Star Game- 1907-08; Ace Bailey Benefit Game - 1933; Howie Morenz Memorial Game -1937; Babe Siebert Memorial Game -1939)
From 1947 to 1968, the All-Star Game primarily saw the previous season's Stanley Cup champions take on a team of All-Stars from the other clubs. There were two exceptions during this period: The 1951 and 1952 games instead featured two teams of All-Star players, one consisting of players on American-based teams and the other with players consisting of players on Canadian-based teams.
Here is a video from October 5, 1963 from Maple Leaf Gardens:
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