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40th National Hockey League All-Star Game

40th NHL All-Star Game
123 Total
Wales 212 5
Campbell 234 9
Date February 7, 1989
Arena Northlands Coliseum
City Edmonton, Alberta
MVP Wayne Gretzky (Los Angeles)
Attendance 17,503
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The 40th National Hockey League All-Star Game was held in the Northlands Coliseum in Edmonton, Alberta, home to the Edmonton Oilers, on February 7, 1989.

The return of Wayne Gretzky

The previous year saw the then-unthinkable trade of Wayne Gretzky to the Los Angeles Kings, a move that shocked many Canadians, but allowed the NHL to expand into new American markets. As Gretzky was a no-brainer to be a starter due to the fan-balloting process, the game was highly touted as Gretzky's return to Edmonton (despite the Kings having faced the Oilers in Edmonton earlier in the season). To this extent, even Campbell conference coach Glen Sather reserved Gretzky's old stall in the Oilers' dressing room, and he played on the line with then-current linemate Luc Robitaille and former linemate Jari Kurri. Gretzky was warmly welcomed in Edmonton, and for his part, scored a goal and two assists and earning the ceremonial car as the game's MVP (which he promptly gave to friend and former linemate Dave Semenko).

Gretzky himself arrived in Edmonton a week early, with wife Janet and seven-week-old daughter Paulina to test drive two snowmobiles that he had bought before being traded. In comparison, Mario Lemieux, who was perennially being compared to Gretzky, had only a single assist and was a -4 in plus/minus ranking. What was interesting, however, was that Lemieux, who was on pace to shatter Gretzky's record of 215 points, was the star in the previous year's game and would be the star in next year's game.

Team rosters

Campbell Conference Wales Conference
Head coach 23x15pxGlen Sather (Edmonton Oilers) 23x15pxTerry O'Reilly (Boston Bruins)
Honorary captain 23x15pxBruce MacGregor 23x15pxNorm Ullman
Lineup Starting lineup:


Starting lineup:


Game summary

Campbell Conference Wales Conference
Final score 9 5
Scoring summary
  • Kurri (Gretzky, Robitaille) 1:07 first
  • Gretzky (Duchesne) 4:33 first
  • Mullen (Messier, Nieuwendyk) 7:57 second
  • Yzerman (Duchesne, Ciccarelli) 17:21 second
  • Leeman (Carson) 17:35 second
  • Mullen (Manson) 6:53 third (GWG)
  • Robitaille (Kurri, Gretzky) 12:18 third
  • Carson (Leeman, Hull) 14:35 third
  • Messier (Nieuwendyk, Mullen) 17:14 third
  • Neely (Lemieux, Stevens) 9:47 first (PPG)
  • Poddubny (Ridley, Robinson) 10:38 first
  • Wesley (LaFontaine, Mullen) 3:16 second
  • Poddubny (Tocchet, Robinson) 4:40 third
  • Ridley (Bourque, Tocchet) 9:35 third
  • Messier, holding 9:35 first
  • Bourque, tripping 13:44 first
Shots on goal 14–9–15–38 13–10–14–37
Win/Loss W - Mike Vernon L - Reggie Lemelin


See also


  • Podnieks, Andrew (2000). The NHL All-Star Game: 50 years of the great tradition. Toronto: HarperCollins. pp. 211–214. ISBN 0-00-200058-X.