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Hockey's Top All-Star Moments: Part 1

by BlueJackets.com Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

First official NHL All-Star Game: Oct. 13, 1947 at Maple Leaf Gardens

The format was the defending Stanley Cup champions against a group of players selected from the other five teams in the league. It truly was the best of the Original Six battling it out in the first-ever NHL All-Star Game.

The defending champion Toronto Maple Leafs were in control early, jumping out to a 3-1 lead on home ice early in the second period. The line of Syl Apps, Harry Watson, and Bill Ezinicki provided all the offense for Toronto. All three would go on to be Hall of Famers, although not in the same Hall. Ezinicki was inducted into the PGA Hall of Fame in 1997.

The All-Stars would prevail, however, winning 4-3 after Montreal’s Maurice “Rocket” Richard and Chicago’s Doug Bentley scored 58 seconds apart opening the third period to put the challengers in front. Bentley’s brother Max also scored in the game. The brothers Bentley were line mates in Chicago, the NHL’s first. But it was Max Bentley, the league’s leading scorer from the previous two seasons, who would be acquired by the Maple Leafs just three weeks later.

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