The Complete World Hockey Association

1973 All-Star Game


Le Colisee
Quebec City
January 6, 1973

The WHA's first all-star game was a last-minute concoction, after plans to play a series against European squads had to be cancelled for legal reasons. Played in Quebec, the game drew just over 5,000 spectators, as the East won behind Wayne Carleton, Jim Dorey, Danny Lawson and Gary Jarrett, each with a goal and an assist.


East 6, West 2


1st period: 1. West: Odrowski (Beaudin) 10:39; 2. East: Jarrett (Ward) 10:51.
2nd period: 3. East: McKenzie (Carleton, Block) 3:37; 4. East: Pleau (Webster, Caffery) 12:47; 5. East: Dorey (Ward, Lawson) 19:43.
3rd period: 6. West: Hull (Connelly, Bordeleau) 3:05; 7. East: Lawson (Jarrett, Tremblay) 7:29; 8. East: Carleton (Charlebois, Dorey) 8:00.
Shots: West 8-13-12—33, East: 18-14-15—47
Attendance: 5,435.
MVP: Wayne Carleton, Ottawa
Did not play: Bart Crashley, Serge Aubry



Coach: Bobby Hull (Winnipeg)

Goaltenders: Ernie Wakely (Winnipeg), Jack Norris (Alberta), Mike Curran (Minnesota).

Defensemen: Gerry Odrowski, Bart Crashley (Los Angeles), Al Hamilton, Bob Wall (Alberta), Ron Anderson (Chicago), Larry Hornung (Winnipeg), Mike McMahon, Terry Ball (Minnesota).

Forwards: Bobby Hull, Christian Bordeleau, Norm Beaudin (Winnipeg), Ted Hampson, Wayne Connelly (Minnesota), Jim Harrison (Alberta), Gord Labossiere, Ted Taylor (Houston), Mike Byers, Gary Veneruzzo (Los Angeles), Jan Popiel (Chicago).


Coach: Jack Kelley (New England).

Goaltenders: Al Smith (New England), Serge Aubry (Quebec), Gerry Cheevers (Cleveland).

Defensemen: Paul Shmyr, John Hanna (Cleveland), Ken Block (New York), J. C. Tremblay (Quebec), Rick Ley, Jim Dorey (New England).

Forwards: Gary Jarrett, Gerry Pinder (Cleveland), Ron Ward, Norm Ferguson (New York), Larry Pleau, Tom Webster, Terry Caffery (New England), Wayne Carleton, Guy Trottier, Bob Charlebois, Ron Climie (Ottawa), Danny Lawson, John McKenzie (Philadelphia), Michel Parizeau (Quebec).


East 6, West 2 • no byline • The Hockey Spectator • January 19, 1973

But for the second period when the Eastern team collected three goals, the first World Hockey Association All-Star Classic proved an exceptional showcase for the new league's top talent.

The 6-2 East victory was televised throughout Canada by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and throughout the province of Quebec on the French language TVA network. The telecast in Quebec, plus the 90 inches of snow already on the ground and a blizzard on what host Quebec Nordiques thought would be their two best ticket-selling days, helped contribute to a turnout of only 5,435 in the 10,500-seat Quebec Coliseum,

After one period, the score was tied, 1-1, The West scored first as Los Angeles' Gerry Odrowski beat Cleveland’s Gerry Cheevers with an assist from Winnipeg's Norm Beaudin at 10:39.

But 12 seconds later Cleveland's Garry Jarrett, with help from New York's Ron Ward, bested Winnipeg's Ernie Wakely.

John McKenzie, Larry Pleau and Jim Dorey scored second period goals for the East to give that squad a 4-1 bulge with one period remaining.

McKenzie, of the Philadelphia Blazers, scored at 3:37, with assists credited to Ottawa's Wayne Carleton and New York's Ken Block. Jack Norris of Alberta, who replaced Wakely in the Western goal for the second period, then held the East at bay for nearly nine minutes, until New England's Pleau scored at 12:47. Assists went to fellow New England Whalers Tom Webster and Terry Caffery, who was a late replacement for the injured Bobby Sheehan.

Defenseman Dorey, another Whaler, took the puck from Ward and Philadelphia's Danny Lawson to close out the period with a goal at 19:43.

Bobby Hull of Winnipeg opened the third period by scoring at 3:05, shoveling the puck under New England goaltender Al Smith (who relieved Cheevers midway through the second period) after it came around behind the net. Minnesota's Wayne Connelly and Winnipeg's Chris Bordeleau earned assists.

Lawson and Carleton put the game away for the East in the space of 31 seconds. Lawson took a feed from Jarrett and Quebec's J.C. Tremblay to beat the West's third period goaltender, Minnesota's Mike Curran, at 7:29.

Carleton, who was named the game's Most Valuable Player, pumped home the final score at 8:00 with assists going to Ottawa's Bob Charlebois and Dorey.

The West outshot the East, 47-33.

Members of the winning side earned $300 apiece; the losers took home $200, Each player also received an engraved silver money clip and stein.



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