January 20, 2015

NHL All Star Game MVPs by Position


The NHL has named a All Star Game MVP every year since 1962. Eddie Shack, the entertaining tough guy, was the inaugural MVP, of all people.

In that time centers have won the honour 14 times, right wingers 13 times,  and left wingers 8 times. That forwards have dominated this award should be no surprise. After all, the All Star game is all about offense, offense and offense. They do not even play defense right?

Five times have goalies been named as the MVP. And it has gotten even harder nowadays, because typically each goalie plays only 1 period each.

Defensemen have won the award only twice. Not surprisingly, they are arguably the two greatest defensemen of all time.

Here is a list by position:

Center:

1964 - Jean Beliveau
1966 - Henri Richard
1974 - Garry Unger
1975 - Syl Apps, Jr.
1976 - Pete Mahvolich
1983 - Wayne Gretzky
1985 - Mario Lemieux
1988 - Mario Lemieux
1989 - Wayne Gretzky
1990 - Mario Lemieux
1999 - Wayne Gretzky
2004 - Joe Sakic
2007 - Daniel Briere
2008 - Eric Staal

Right Wing:

1962 - Eddie Shack
1965 - Gordie Howe
1980 - Reggie Leach
1982 - Mike Bossy
1992 - Brett Hull
1993 - Mike Gartner
1997 - Mark Recchi
1998 - Teemu Selanne
2000 - Pavel Bure
2001 - Bill Guerin
2003 - Dany Heatley
2009 - Alexei Kovalev
2011 - Patrick Sharp

Left Wing:

1963 - Frank Mahovlich
1968 - Frank Mahovlich
1970 - Bobby Hull
1971 - Bobby Hull
1977 - Rick Martin
1984 - Don Maloney
1991 - Vincent Damphousse
2002 - Eric Daze

Defense:

1972 - Bobby Orr
1996 - Raymond Bourque

Goaltenders:

1967 - Bruce Gamble
1978 - Billy Smith
1981 - Mike Liut
1986 - Grant Fuhr
1994 - Mike Richter

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