|Date||February 7, 1989|
|MVP||Wayne Gretzky (Los Angeles)|
The return of Wayne Gretzky[edit | edit source]
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).
Boxscore[edit | edit source]
|Campbell Conference||Wales Conference|
|Head coach||Glen Sather (Edmonton Oilers)||Terry O'Reilly (Boston Bruins)|
|Honorary captain||Bruce MacGregor||Norm Ullman|
|Shots on goal||14–9–15–38||13–10–14–37|
|Win/Loss||W - Mike Vernon||L - Reggie Lemelin|
Notes[edit | edit source]
- Mats Naslund named to Wales team, but did not play
- Denis Savard named to Campbell team, but did not play
References[edit | edit source]
- Podnieks, Andrew (2000). The NHL All-Star Game: 50 years of the great tradition. Toronto: HarperCollins, 211–214. ISBN 000200058X.