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Shining among the stars

Saturday, 26.01.2008 / 2:00 PM / News
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Shining among the stars
 Kirk Muller represented the Habs at the 1993 NHL All Star Game at the Montreal Forum.
MONTREAL  -- Over the years, the Canadiens have had their share of players shine under the bright lights of the NHL’s midseason talent showcase.    

Here’s a look back at some memorable Canadiens All-Star Game moments.

1969 - The NHL leaves their "Stanley Cup champion against league All-Stars" format behind and debuts an East versus West divison alternative. Jean Beliveau makes his 13th and final All-Star appearance in front of a home crowd at the Montreal Forum.

1976 - At the Spectrum in Philadephia, the Habs’ Pete Mahovlich notches a goal and three assists in a 7-5 Wales Conference win, becoming the first Canadiens player to be named game MVP. 

1978 - As a direct result of the Canadiens’ dominance of the 1970s, a club record seven Habs make the trip Buffalo for the 31st NHL All-Star Game. Ken Dryden, Larry Robinson, Guy Lafleur, Serge Savard, Steve Shutt, Yvan Cournoyer and Bob Gainey join forces to lead the Wales side to a 3-2 overtime win.

1988 - In his second All-Star appearance, left winger Mats Naslund makes the most of being paired up with Mario Lemieux at the 39th NHL All-Star Game in St. Louis by exploding for five assists to set an All-Star benchmark that still stands today.

1985 -  A sign of things to come for his brilliant career, Chris Chelios wastes no time in making his All-Star debut. In earning an invite to Calgary, Chelios becomes the second Habs rookie to ever turn the trick following in the footsteps of Ken Dryden, who earned his freshman nod in 1972.

1989 - Like clockwork, the arrival of midseason meant Larry Robinson would pack his bags for the All-Star Game. “Big Bird” makes his ninth and final appearance, setting a team record under the league’s current format. The legendary blue-liner also picks up his eighth and ninth career points, which are also a club All-Star record.
 
1993 - The Montreal Forum welcomes the NHL All-Star game for the 11th time. Fans are treated to an offensive fireworks display as the Wales Conference crushes the Campbell conference 16-6. In the game’s opening period, Wales starting goalie Patrick Roy kicks aside all 11 shots fired by Wayne Gretzky and Co..

1997
- Mark Recchi becomes the second Habs player to earn game MVP honors after notching a hat-trick to help lead the East to an 11-7 win in San Jose.

1998 - Suiting up for the World Team, Saku Koivu picks up three assists in an 8-7 loss to North America in the first of five straight midseason classics that featured an internationally-flavored format.

2004 - Sheldon Souray’s reputation as one of the league's most feared shooters reaches new heights as he ties Adrian Aucoin for the hardest shot at the SuperSkills event with a blast of 102.2 mph.

Manny Almela is a writer for canadiens.com