January 21, 2007

NHL All Star Game Memories

ESPN's Linda Cohn offers up her top 10 All Star memories.

I honestly don't pay a lot of attention to the All Star game like I did when I was a kid. But there's one All-Star game I'll never forget.

1983 - Everone knows what happened. The Great Gretzky scores 4 goals in the third period, one of the greatest moments in All Star history. I remember it well. I was in Vancouver at the time, just 9 years old. My dad and I left the hospital where my brother was getting attention. I really wanted to watch the All-Star game, and my Dad promised to get me back to the hotel on time. Problem was we're from a tiny British Columbian town trying to figure our way out in the metropolis known as Van City. We found the right street, but when the wrong way....forever. By the time we got to the hotel I raced into room, turned on the tv, and heard the announcer claim something to the effect . . . "that is the greatest performance by one player at an All Star game ever!"

Another can't forget moment for me is the 1991 NHL All Star Game in noisy old Chicago Stadium. I don't recall any details of the game itself, but everyone remembers Wayne Messmer's rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. With the original Gulf War just days old, the crowd at Chicago Stadium almost drowns him out in their undeniably emotional support of their country and their troops. It's something you can never forget.

I also found this on YouTube - the television introduction to the 2000 All Star Game called Pond of Dreams. Its a nicely done tribute to two generations of stars feature Gretzky, Howe, Lemieux and Jagr, Bure, Lindros and Kariya.

Let me know what your favorite All Star memories are by using the comments section below!

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