25th NHL All-Star Game
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1 2 3 OT Total
East 0 2 1 - 3
West 1 1 0 - 2
Date January 25, 1972
Arena Metropolitan Sports Center
City Bloomington
MVP Bobby Orr (Boston)
Attendance 15,423
← 1971 1973 →

The 25th National Hockey League All-Star Game was played on January 25, 1972, at the Met Center in Bloomington, Minnesota, the home of the Minnesota North Stars.

The East Division beat the West Division 3-2 on a goal by Phil Esposito. Bobby Orr was named the game's most valuable player.

League Business[edit | edit source]

Clarence Campbell, president of the NHL, announced that the NHL was expanding to Atlanta and Long Island. Campbell also indicated that the NHL would expand by two further teams for the 1974–75 season. The executives of the Central Hockey League and the Western Hockey League met to discuss the merger of their two leagues. The merger discussions were disrupted when Daniel Myers, owner of the Salt Lake Golden Eagles, committed suicide.[1]

The Game[edit | edit source]

It was the first time since 1956 that Gordie Howe did not play in the All-Star Game.

Rosters[edit | edit source]

East Division[edit | edit source]

No. Player Pos Team

West Division[edit | edit source]

No. Player Pos Team

  1. Podnieks 2000, pp. 118–119.
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