The NHL's annual midseason showcase has taken many forms in its history, but the commemorative game program has remained a constant. It is with the program's existence, however, that its uniformity ends. The design of programs has changed dramatically from the first official All-Star Game in Toronto in 1947, with covers utilizing everything from team headshots to abstract art.
Each program provides a window not just into how design trends have shifted, but how the event itself has evolved since its inception, from the Ace Bailey benefit game in 1934 to the battle of divisional prowess we have today. When the League's legends and its current greats descend on Los Angeles for the 62nd NHL All-Star Game on Jan. 29, thousands of programs will again serve as souvenirs for those attending the festivities.