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NHL All-Star Game
The first All-Star Game was played in the 1933-34 season as a benefit game for Ace Bailey. The All-Star team played Toronto Maple Leafs and won 7-3. The first annual All-Star Game for the benefit of the players' pension fund was played on 13th October 1947 when an All-Stars team played the Toronto Maple Leafs and won 4-3. In 1966 there was no game because the event was moved from the beginning of the season to mid-season and was therefore not played until early 1967. In 1979 & 1987 series between the USSR and Team NHL replaced the All-Star Game. In 1995 & 2005 there was no All-Star Game because of the player strike (see NHL player strike).
Format : 
1947-50 Stanley Cup Champions v NHL All-Stars
1951-52 NHL First All-Stars v NHL Second All-Stars
1953-68 Stanley Cup Champions v NHL All-Stars
1969-74 East Division v West Division
1975-93 Clarence Campbell Conference v Prince of Wales Conference
1994-97 Eastern Conference v Western Conference
1998-02 North American All-Stars v World All-Stars
2003-04 Eastern Conference v Western Conference
Results :
1947 All-Stars 4-3 Toronto Maple Leafs @ Toronto
1948 All-Stars 3-1 Toronto Maple Leafs @ Chicago
1949 All-Stars 3-1 Toronto Maple Leafs @ Toronto
1950 Detroit Red Wings 7-1 All-Stars @ Detroit
1951 First All-Stars 2-2 Second All-Stars @ Toronto 
1952 First All-Stars 1-1 Second All-Stars @ Detroit
1953 All-Stars 3-1 Montreal Canadiens @ Montreal 
1954 All-Stars 2-2 Detroit Red Wings @ Detroit 
1955 Detroit Red Wings 3-1 All-Stars @ Detroit 
1956 All-Stars 1-1 Montreal Canadiens @ Montreal 
1957 All-Stars 5-3 Montreal Canadiens @ Montreal 
1958 Montreal Canadiens 6-1 All-Stars @ Montreal
1959 Montreal Canadiens 6-1 All-Stars @ Montreal
1960 All-Stars 2-1 Montreal Canadiens @ Montreal
1961 All-Stars 3-1 Chicago Blackhawks @ Chicago
1962 Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1 All-Stars @ Toronto
1963 All-Stars 3-3 Toronto Maple Leafs @ Toronto
1964 All-Stars 3-2 Toronto Maple Leafs @ Toronto
1965 All-Stars 5-2 Montreal Canadiens @ Montreal
1966 No game as it was moved from the start of season to mid-season
1967 Montreal Canadiens 3-0 All-Stars @ Montreal
1968 Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 All-Stars @ Toronto
1969 West Division 3-3 East Division @ Montreal
1970 East Division 4-1 West Division @ St Louis 
1971 West Division 2-1 East Division @ Boston
1972 East Division 3-2 West Division @ Minnesota
1973 East Division 5-4 West Division @ New York Rangers
1974 West Division 6-4 East Division @ Chicago
1975 Prince of Wales Conference 7-1 Clarence Campbell Conference @ Montreal
1976 Prince of Wales Conference 7-5 Clarence Campbell Conference @ Philadelphia
1977 Prince of Wales Conference 4-3 Clarence Campbell Conference @ Vancouver
1978 Prince of Wales Conference 3-2 Clarence Campbell Conference @ Buffalo
1979 Replaced by the Challenge Cup Series between the Soviet Union and NHL
1980 Prince of Wales Conference 6-3 Clarence Campbell Conference @ Detroit
1981 Clarence Campbell Conference 4-1 Prince of Wales Conference @ Los Angeles
1982 Prince of Wales Conference 4-2 Clarence Campbell Conference @ Washington
1983 Clarence Campbell Conference 9-3 Prince of Wales Conference @ New York Islanders
1984 Prince of Wales Conference 7-6 Clarence Campbell Conference @ New Jersey 
1985 Prince of Wales Conference 6-4 Clarence Campbell Conference @ Calgary
1986 Prince of Wales Conference 4-3 Clarence Campbell Conference @ Hartford
1987 Replaced by Rendezvous '87 Series between the Soviet Union and NHL
1988 Prince of Wales Conference 6-5 Clarence Campbell Conference @ St Louis
1989 Clarence Campbell Conference 9-5 Prince of Wales Conference @ Edmonton
1990 Prince of Wales Conference 12-7 Clarence Campbell Conference @ Pittsburgh
1991 Clarence Campbell Conference 11-5 Prince of Wales Conference @ Chicago
1992 Clarence Campbell Conference 10-6 Prince of Wales Conference @ Philadelphia
1993 Prince of Wales Conference 16-6 Clarence Campbell Conference @ Montreal
1994 Eastern Conference 9-8 Western Conference @ New York 
1995 No game due to lockout
1996 Eastern Conference 5-4 Western Conference @ Boston
1997 Eastern Conference 11-7 Western Conference @ San Jose
1998 North American All-Stars 8-7 World All-Stars @ Vancouver 
1999 North American All-Stars 8-6 World All-Stars @ Tampa
2000 World All-Stars 9-4 North American All-Stars @ Toronto
2001 North American All-Stars 14-12 World All-Stars @ Denver
2002 World All-Stars 8-5 North American All-Stars @ Los Angeles 
2003 Western Conference 6-5 Eastern Conference @ Florida 
2004 Eastern Conference 6-4 Western Conference @ St Paul
2005 No game due to lockout
2006 No game due to the Olympics *
2007 @ Dallas
2008 @ Atlanta

* Among the terms set forth in the new CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement) was an agreement that, in those years when NHL players participate in the Winter Olympic Games, there will be no All-Star Game because the players did not want a second break in a season.
NHL All-Star Teams

The Profesional Hockey Writers' Association vote at the end of each season for two National Hockey League All-Star teams - the NHL First All-Star Team and the NHL Second All-Star Team. The first time All-Star teams were selected was for the 1930-31 season. From 1930-31 to 1945-46 each team selection included - a goalie, two defencemen, a left-wing, a centre, a right-wing and a coach. After 1945-46 a coach was no longer selected.
NHL Amateur Draft (1963-1978)
Prior to 1963, NHL teams acquired playing talent by sponsoring players or in some cases, by sponsoring amateur teams. The NHL Amateur Draft was introduced in June 1963 to replace this process - at the time there were only six NHL teams and they selected 21 players. Any amateur player who would reach his 17th birthday between 1st August 1963 and 31st July 1964 was eligible for selection. Teams selected their draft picks and paid the amateur clubs US$ 2,000 per player selected. Drafted players would remain on the team reserve list until their 18th birthday when contract negotiations could begin. The rules governing the NHL Amateur Draft were modified most years for one reason or another as the NHL strove to perfect the system. Three periods of expansion and the start up of the WHA also had their impacts. The age of selection varied over the years and European players were also made eligible from 1969 - the first player selected was Tommi Salmelainen. From 1979 the name of the process was changed to NHL Entry Draft. For the full history of the draft system see the sixty plus pages compiled by Chris Tredree & Paul Bontje in Total Hockey.
NHL Central Scouting [web site]
NHL Offices, Toronto, Canada. NHL Central Scouting was established in 1975, prior to the 1975-76 season, as a service for NHL member clubs. The service employs full-time scouts and part-time scouts throughout North America. The service also employs European Scouting Services, based in Finland, to scout Europe. In all, 22 scouts report on something like 3000 games a season. The service creates league and team directories, schedules and rosters for dozens of leagues and tournaments in North America and Europe. Central Scouting provides NHL teams with videotapes of top prospects and two player-ranking lists during the season. The lists are used by NHL Clubs as second opinions and help them make prospect evaluations. Central Scouting also invites c. 100 top prospects to Toronto for Medical and Fitness Testing - this allows NHL teams to view top players prior to the Entry Draft and gives an opportunity for interviews with the players. The Director of Central Scouting is Frank Bonello.
NHL Current Player Profiles [web site]
The National Hockey League's web site at, has the NHL profiles of current players - does not include participation with non-NHL teams or international teams.  At the A to Z, we try to keep up to date with player movements but you may find this link useful - providing the player is still in the NHL ...
NHL Entry Draft (1979- )
Between 1963 and 1978 the draft process was known as the NHL Amateur Draft. The name change came in 1979 with the amalgamation of the WHA with the NHL - this meant that the NHL now had 21 NHL teams and they selected 126 players. From 1995 the process of "opting-in" was introduced - players aged 18 or 19 between the 16th September and 31st December each year, who hope to be drafted, register with the NHL and if eligible, are placed on the availability list by the NHL Central Registry. The 2000 draft saw 30 teams select 293 players. For the full history of the draft system see the sixty plus pages compiled by Chris Tredree & Paul Bontje in Total Hockey.
NHL Franchises
This list shows the teams involved in the various NHL franchises over the years. The first season of each franchise is shown in brackets. The franchises still active are marked accordingly.
i. Montreal Canadiens (1917-18) - active
ii. Montreal Wanderers (1917-18)
iii. Ottawa Senators (1917-18)
iv. Toronto Maple Leafs (1917-18) - active
v. Quebec Bulldogs (1919-20)
vi. Hamilton Tigers (1920-21)
vii. Boston Bruins (1924-25) - active
viii. Montreal Maroons (1924-25)
ix. Pittsburgh Pirates (1925-26)
x. Chicago Blackhawks (1926-27) - active
xi. Detroit Red Wings (1926-27) - active
xii. New York Rangers (1926-27) - active
xiii. Philadelphia Quakers (1930-31)
xiv. St Louis Eagles (1934-35)
xv. Brooklyn Americans - New York Americans (1941-42)
xvi. California Seals - Oakland Seals - Cleveland Barons (1967-68)
xvii. Los Angeles Kings (1967-68) - active
xviii. Minnesota North Stars - Dallas Stars (1967-68) - active
xix. Philadelphia Flyers (1967-68) - active
xx. Pittsburgh Penguins (1967-68) - active
xxi. St Louis Blues (1967-68) - active
xxii. Buffalo Sabres (1970-71) - active
xxiii. Vancouver Canucks (1970-71) - active
xxiv. Atlanta Flames - Calgary Flames (1972-73) - active
xxv. New York Islanders (1972-73) - active
xxvi. Kansas City Scouts - Colorado Rockies - New Jersey Devils (1974-75) - active
xvii. Washington Capitals (1974-75) - active
xxviii. Edmonton Oilers (1979-80) - active
xxix. Hartford Whalers - Carolina Hurricanes (1979-80) - active
xxx. Quebec Nordiques - Colorado Avalanche (1979-80) - active
xxxi. Winnipeg Jets - Phoenix Coyotes (1979-80) - active
xxxii. San Jose Sharks (1991-92) - active
xxxiii. Ottawa Senators (1992-93) - active
xxxiv. Tampa Bay Lightning (1992-93) - active
xxxv. Florida Panthers (1993-94) - active
xxxvi. The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1993-94) - active
xxxvii. Nashville Predators (1998-99) - active
xxxviii. Atlanta Thrashers (1999-00)  - active
xxxix. Columbus Blue Jackets (2000-01) - active
xl. Minnesota Wild (2000-01) - active
NHL Hockey Hall of Fame
See Hockey Hall of Fame
NHL Leading Points Scorer
See Art Ross Trophy
NHL Lockout
Refers to an industrial dispute between players and team owners. 
1991-92 : Players in the National Hockey League Players' Association went on strike and the league was suspended on the 1st April 1992. Play resumed on the 12th April 1992.
1994-95 : The 1994-95 season of the NHL saw the league's first major labour dispute as the National Hockey League locked out the members of the National Hockey League Players' Association for 103 days, forcing the cancellation of 468 games from 1st October 1994 to 19th January 1995. When the league started on the 20th January 1995, teams played a 48 game scheduled (the shortest in 53 years) with no inter-conference games.
2004-05 : The National Hockey League Players' Association and the National Hockey League could not agree a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) by the time the existing CBA expired at midnight on the 15th September 2004. The NHL's Board of Governors confirmed that NHL teams would not play again until there was a new economic system in place. After many meetings between the two sides, the NHL announced, on the 16th February 2005, that because a new CBA has not been reached, it was no longer practical to conduct an abbreviated 2004-05 regular season and Stanley Cup Playoffs. In addition, the absence of a CBA meant that the 2005 NHL Entry Draft was not held until July 2005.
"NHL Official Guide & Record Book"
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First published for the 1932-33 season. The guide book is published annually by the National Hockey League and reflects the results and records for the previous season as well as listing the fixtures for the current season. It also includes details of all the current NHL teams, current NHL players and the All-Time NHL records.
NHL Player Strike
See NHL Lockout
NHL Plus-Minus Award

Presented annually since the 1982-83 season. The award goes to the player with the best plus/minus figure for the regular season, with a miniumum of 60 games to qualify. The trophy has been sponsored by a number of different companies over the years. The sponsoring companies include Emery Worldwide (Emery Edge Trophy), Alka-Seltzer (Alka-Seltzer Trophy) and Anheuser-Busch Inc (Bud Ice Trophy, Bud Light Trophy).
NHL Plus-Minus Leader

Prior to the introduction of the NHL Plus-Minus Award in 1982-83, the player finishing with the best plus/minus score was acknowledged as the NHL Plus-Minus Leader.
NHL Supplemental Draft
Supplemental draft selections were made by some NHL teams between 1986 and 1994.
See National Hockey League Broadcasters' Association
See National Hockey League Fans' Association
See National Hockey League Players' Association

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