For the first time in two years, the NHL’s best players will reunite as all-stars.
It was at the end of January 2020 that we last saw them come together for the festivities. The weekend offered its fair share of memorable moments – from star-studded showdowns by All-Star Game MVP David Pastrnak, an exciting back-and-forth from some of women’s hockey’s best players in the women’s 3-on-3 elite, and the return of Le Grand to the bench.
Even after 65 iterations and a slew of ever-changing formats, there’s still something uniquely intriguing about All-Star Weekend lore. For some, it’s seeing the game’s elite talent temporarily put aside rivalries and post-season battles to team up side by side. For others, it’s seeing rookies get a taste of fame, chatting with future Hall of Famers on the bench, and ultimately making their presence known when their names are called. Or it’s just the looks on the faces of the veterans who finally earned that All-Star recognition at the end of their major league run, appreciating it all the more because of the wait.
With All-Star Weekend taking place in Vegas this time around – we’re talking Bellagio fountain shootouts and a larger-than-life blackjack sniping contest on The Strip – the 2022 festivities shouldn’t disappoint. But before we get to that, let’s go back to the history of the All-Stars.
From the most dominant performances in the past best inclinations to an in-depth look at who will compete in 2022, here’s the NHL All-Star Game by the numbers:
3: The number of times the Pacific Division has won the All-Star Game title in the five years since the league switched to its 3-on-3 format. The Metropolitan Division has won twice during that time, while Atlantic and Central have yet to win.
4: The record for most goals scored in an all-star game. Six players are tied for first place (Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Vincent Damphousse, Mike Gartner, Dany Heatley and John Tavares). Gretzky, however, scored all four in one period (in the 1983 All-Star Game), also giving him the record for most goals scored in one All-Star period.
5: The number of consecutive events in which the Tampa Bay Lightning have seen multiple players headed to All-Star Weekend: two players in 2016, two in 2017, four in 2018, three in 2019 and two in 2020 (there is no there was no NHL All-Star Game in 2021 due to the pandemic). The Bolts have three players heading into the 2022 game (Victor Hedman, Steven Stamkos and Andrei Vasilevskiy), the most of any club this time around.
6: The record for most points accumulated in an All-Star Game. Mario Lemieux and Jakub Voracek share the top of the standings, the first having accomplished the feat in 1988, the second in 2016. The two performances of six points allowed forwards to register three goals and three assists.
seven: The combined number of Stanley Cups won by players representing the Atlantic Division in the 2022 All-Star Game – the most of any division. The Metropolitan Division is next with three cups in total, then the Pacific with one, while the Central has no cup winners on the current roster.
8: The number of nations represented on the 2022 NHL All-Star Game rosters: United States (16 players), Canada (16), Russia (3), Sweden (3), Finland (2), Switzerland (2), Denmark (1) and Germany (1).
ten: The number of people who have both played in the All-Star Game and been a head coach for an All-Star Game. Only six made it in the era of expansion (Rick Tocchet, Wayne Gretzky, Randy Carlyle, Jacques Lemaire, Bob Gainey and Al Arbour). Joining that roster at this year’s event will be Carolina Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour.
12: The number of seconds it took Rick Nash to score a goal in the 2008 All-Star Game. It remains the fastest goal ever scored in All-Star history.
13: The all-time career goalscoring record in the All-Star Game. Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux are tied for first place with 13 goals each, followed by Gordie Howe with 10 career goals.
20: The age of the youngest player participating in All-Star Weekend, New Jersey Devils forward Jack Hughes. He will become the youngest player to play in the All-Star Game since his brother Quinn, who was also 20 when he played in the 2020 Game.
23: The number of NHL All-Star Game appearances by Gordie Howe, the most by any player in NHL history. His last appearance dates back to 1980.
25: The all-time record for career All-Star Game points, held by Wayne Gretzky. The Great One has 13 goals and 12 assists in 18 All-Star Games. Mario Lemieux is second with 23 total points, having scored 13 goals and added 10 assists in 10 All-Star Games.
26: The number of years that have passed since an NHL team had three players each with more than 100 points (the Pittsburgh Penguins were the last, in 1995-96). Heading into All-Star Weekend, the Colorado Avalanche have three players on track to reach the milestone of the century: Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen and Nazem Kadri, who will be part of the All-Star festivities.
29: Most goals scored in an All-Star Game. The 29-goal mark was reached in the 2015 All-Star Game, which saw an eventual 17-12 victory for Team Toews over Team Foligno. There were 18 different goalscorers in the game, eight of whom scored more than one goal. Tavares led with four goals in total in the game, while Jakub Voracek led overall with six points.
31: The total number of goals allowed by Patrick Roy in his 11 All-Star Game appearances, the most of any All-Star guard. Martin Brodeur and Glenn Hall are tied for second with 22 each.
37: The age of the oldest player participating in All-Star Weekend, Dallas Stars veteran Joe Pavelski. He will become the oldest player to appear in an NHL All-Star Game since Jaromir Jagr, who was 43 when he did so in 2016.
70: The percentage of games so far this season before All-Star Weekend that have been decided by just one goal (or two, if the second was an empty-net goal). Forty-two percent of matches so far have featured a comeback win. Twenty-three percent of games required overtime. Five per cent of games so far have featured an equalizer in the last five minutes of action.
102: The record for most combined shots in a single All-Star Game. The 102 mark has been reached twice: in 1994 (with Wayne Gretzky, Joe Sakic, Eric Lindros, Sergei Federov and Pavel Bure) and in 2009 (with Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin, Jarome Iginla and Jonathan Toews).
169: The total number of goals scored by players representing the Central Division at the 2022 All-Star Game, the highest of the four divisions. Next comes the Pacific with 159 total goals, then the Metropolitan with 148 and finally the Atlantic with 137.
404: The total number of points scored by players representing the Central Division at the 2022 All-Star Game, the highest of the four divisions. Then comes the Atlantic with 368 points in total, then the Pacific with 365 and finally the Metropolitan with 336.
Stats courtesy of NHL Stats