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Timeline: Islanders at the NHL All-Star Game

From MVPs, to league records and fastest skaters, a look back at the Isles history at the NHL all-star game

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / NewYorkIslanders.com

Mathew Barzal is heading to All-Star Weekend for the second time in his career. The Islanders have a history of success at the mid-season showcase, taking home MVPs, tying league records and winning skills competitions. In honor of that legacy, NewYorkIslanders.com pulled out some memorable Islanders moments in All-Star Game history.

Keep an eye on NewYorkIslanders.com and @NYIslanders for the latest updates from St. Louis this weekend


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1973 - WESTFALL IS ISLES FIRST ALL-STAR

Ed Westfall was the Islanders first all-star, playing in the 1973 All-Star Game. 


1978 - SMITH NAMED ALL-STAR MVP

Billy Smith played in one All-Star Game, but made it count. Smith was named the All-Star MVP at the 1978 showcase, stopping 16 shots in 30 minutes of action for the Campbell Conference. 

Smith was one of five Islanders to play in the 1978 All-Star Game (Mike Bossy, Clark Gillies, Denis Potvin, Smith, Bryan Trottier).


1982 - BOSSY NAMED ALL-STAR MVP

Mike Bossy won the All-Star Game MVP in 1982, scoring two goals in a 4-2 win for the Wales Conference. Bossy scored the game-winner and the insurance marker in the win. 


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1983 - ISLANDERS HOST ALL-STAR GAME

The Islanders hosted the 1983 All-Star Game at Nassau Coliseum - the first and only time the team has hosted the mid-season showcase. The Isles were well-represented, with four players: Mike Bossy, Bryan Trottier, Dave Langevin and Denis Potvin participating in the game and Head Coach Al Arbour behind the bench. 

Stan Fischler was there and detailed the event in an all-star edition of Maven's Memories.


1984 - DENIS POTVIN CAPTAINS ALL-STAR TEAM

Denis Potvin captained the Wales Conference for the 1984 All-Star Game. Potvin scored a goal and added an assist as the Wales Conference beat the Campbell Conference 7-6. 


1985 - MIKE BOSSY CAPTAINS ALL-STAR TEAM

Mike Bossy played in seven All-Star games during his Islanders career (1978, 80, 81, 82, 83, 85, 86), but only captained the team once: 1985. 


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1986 - TROTTIER SCORES OT GWG 

Bryan Trottier and Mike Bossy hooked up for the OT winner, as the Wales Conference beat the Campbell Conference 4-3 at the 1986 all-star game. Bossy dished a backhand feed through Paul Coffey's legs to Trottier, who potted the game-winning goal. 


1993 - TURGEON RECORDS FIVE-POINT GAME

Pierre Turgeon recorded five points (3G, 2A) in the 1993 All-Star Game, as the Wales Conference beat the Campbell Conference 16-6. Despite the five-point night, the All-Star MVP went to Mike Gartner, who scored four goals and added an assist, tying Turgeon for the most points in the game. 

Turgeon dished out four assists the next year at the 1994 All-Star Game.


2002 - PARRISH VS YASHIN

The Islanders sent a pair of All-Stars to LA in 2002, as Mark Parrish and Alexei Yashin played in the final North America vs World contest. Yashin recorded one assist as the World All-Stars beat the North Americans 8-5. 


2004 - AUCOIN WINS HARDEST SHOT

Ten years before Ryan Pulock and Johnny Boychuk were unleashing clappers from the Isles blue line, there was Adrian Aucoin. Aucoin had a monster of a shot and won the hardest shot competition in 2004, clocking in at 102.2 mph on the radar gun. 

Aucoin scored a career-high 44 points (13G, 31A) with the Islanders that season, as well as a goal in the All-Star Game. 


2011 - GRABNER WINS FASTEST SKATER

Renowned for his speed, Michael Grabner put it on display at the 2011 skills competition. Grabner took home the fastest skater title, beating out Taylor Hall with a time of 14.238. That wasn't even Grabner's fastest lap, as the former Islander ripped around the track in 14.061 in the preliminary time trial. 


2015 - TAVARES SCORES FOUR GOALS IN ALL-STAR GAME

John Tavares became the sixth player in NHL history to score four goals at the All-Star Game, tying Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Vincent Damphousse, Mike Gartner and Dany Heatley. Tavares and Team Toews beat Team Foligno 17-12. 


Video: NHL Skills: Tavares wins Accuracy Shooting comp

2016 - TAVARES WINS ACCURACY SHOOTING

John Tavares won the accuracy shooting competition at the 2016 skills competition, hitting all four targets in 12.294 seconds. Tavares beat out Corey Perry (13.771), Joe Pavelski (14.088) and Evgeni Malkin (16.179) among others. 


2019 - BARZAL AND METRO WIN 3-ON-3 TOURNAMENT

Mathew Barzal recorded five points (2G, 3A) as the Metropolitan Division All-Stars beat the Central Division 10-5 and won the 2019 NHL All-Star Game in San Jose. Barzal largely played with Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang, who both heaped praise on the Isles All-Star. Barzal also competed in the fastest skater competition, finishing third with a time of 13.780.

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