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This Date in NHL History

Jan. 19: Chicago Stadium hosts All-Star Game

Plus: Dick Irvin becomes first to coach 1,000 NHL games

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


1991: After the crowd at Chicago Stadium drowns out the National Anthem with cheers, Vincent Damphousse of the Toronto Maple Leafs scores four goals to help the Campbell Conference defeat the Wales Conference 11-5 at the NHL All-Star Game.

After Operation Desert Storm begins three days earlier, there are questions about whether the game should be played. NHL President John Ziegler ultimately decides that the game will be played. The sellout crowd of 18,472 rocks the building throughout Wayne Messmer's performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner."

"I was standing next to Mark Messier during the anthems," Wayne Gretzky recalls years later. "I said to him, 'This is unbelievable.' I've heard it as loud here before when we came into Chicago with the Edmonton Oilers. But never as emotional. The flags of both countries, the banners, the vibrations. You could tell that the fans, like us, were thinking of other things."

Damphousse scores three times in the third period to help the Campbell Conference pull away. His four-goal performance matches the All-Star Game record and earns him MVP honors.

Gretzky scores once to become the all-time leader in All Star Game goals with 11, one more than Gordie Howe.

Video: 1991 All-Star Game: Wayne Messmer's National Anthem



1950: Dick Irvin becomes the first man in NHL history to coach 1,000 games. He reaches the milestone when his Montreal Canadiens lose 4-2 to the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Forum.


1971: Howe appears in a record 14th consecutive All-Star Game, surpassing the mark set by Maurice Richard. It's Howe's 22nd appearance in 23 NHL seasons. The Western Conference edges the Eastern Conference 2-1 at Boston Garden.


1996: The NHL Board of Governors approves the sale of the Winnipeg Jets. The move officially clears the way for the franchise to move to Phoenix in time for the 1996-97 season.


2000: Rookie goaltender Evgeni Nabokov gets a shutout in his first NHL start, making 39 saves when the San Jose Sharks and Colorado Avalanche play to a 0-0 tie at Pepsi Center. At the other end of the ice, Colorado goaltender Patrick Roy made 15 saves for his 47th NHL shutout.


2006: Luc Robitaille has a hat trick and passes Marcel Dionne for the most goals in Los Angeles Kings history in an 8-6 victory against the Atlanta Thrashers at Staples Center. Robitaille scores once in the first period and twice in the third; the three goals give him 551 with the Kings, one more than Dionne.

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