The Complete World Hockey Association

1978 All-Star Game


Le Colisee
Quebec City
January 17, 1978

Lacking two divisions from which to build competing all-star squads, the WHA borrowed a page from the NHL from ages past, in which the previous season's champs played against an all-star squad built from the remaining teams. Defending champions Quebec hosted the all-stars, spotting them a 4-1 lead midway into the second period. The Nordiques then awoke and scored four unanswered goals to take the win. Matti Hagman scored the game's first goal, then the game-winner with under six minutes to play. Marc Tardif had a hand in all five Nordique goals, scoring once and assisting on four others.


Quebec 5, WHA All-Stars 4

WHA All-Stars310-4

1st period: 1. Que: Hagman (Tardif) 12:56; 2. WHA: Mark Howe (Flett, Sjoberg) 14:50; 3. WHA: Hedberg (Hull) 18:57; 4. WHA: Lukowich (Lacroix, Long) 19:10.
2nd period: 5. WHA: Flett (Mark Howe) 7:07; 6. Que: Miller (Hagman, Tardif) 10:01; 7. Que: Baxter (Tardif, Fitchner) 12:14; 8. Que: Tardif (Boudrias) 17:51.
3rd period: 9. Que: Hagman (Tardif, Tremblay) 14:12.
Shots: WHA: 10-14-8—32, Que: 9-12-11—32
Attendance: 6,413.
MVPs: WHA: Mark Howe, New England & Quebec: Marc Tardif



Coach: Marc Boileau

Goaltenders: Ken Broderick, Jim Corsi

Defensemen: Paul Baxter, Jean Bernier, Garry Lariviere, J. C. Tremblay, Chris Evans, Jim Dorey.

Forwards: Paulin Bordeleau, Andre Boudrias, Curt Brackenbury, Real Cloutier, Warren Miller, Marc Tardif, Steve Sutherland, Bob Fitchner, Norm Dube, Matti Hagman, Serge Bernier, Charles Constantin.

WHA All-Stars

Coach: Bill Dineen (Houston).

Goaltenders: Al Smith (New England), John Garrett (Birmingham).

Defensemen: Rick Ley, Gordie Roberts (New England), Al Hamilton, Barry Long (Edmonton), Pat Stapleton (Cincinnati), Lars-Erik Sjoberg (Winnipeg).

Forwards: Bobby Hull, Anders Hedberg, Ulf Nilsson (Winnipeg), Bill Flett (Edmonton), Mark Napier (Birmingham), Mark Howe, Mike Antonovich, Gordie Howe (New England), Andre Lacroix, Morris Lukowich (Houston), Rusty Patenaude (Indianapolis), Robbie Ftorek (Cincinnati).



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