Canadiens’ Henri Richard (right) in the 1956 All-Star Game at the Forum, his first of 10, against Detroit goalie Terry Sawchuk and Rangers defenceman Bill Gadsby.
David Bier Studios, Montreal Gazette files
The NHL All-Star Game returns to Montreal next season, officially the 12th time the contest will have been played in the city. That number swells to 16 including four benefit games held between 1908-39, even if the first preceded the birth of the NHL.
The most famous surely is the 1937 game to benefit the family of the late Howie Morenz, who died of a coronary embolism a little more than a month after having broken his leg on Forum ice.
Through the years there have been some excellent games, though the last two, when the match was much more about show-biz than hockey, were one-sided follies that hardly resembled the sport they were meant to showcase.
Veteran hockey writer Red Fisher says let’s make the game meaningful once more, by pitting the Stanley Cup champion against a squad of stars culled from the league’s other teams. And Dave Stubbs reviews some of the highlights – and lowlights – of All-Star Games played in Montreal.