When The All-Star Game Was A Serious Affair

The defending Stanley Cup champions used to line up against the best of the best of the league, and it was a serious event. The All-Stars were biting at the bit to beat the Cup champions, while it was a feather in the cap of the champs to best the all-stars.

This is much of the first two periods of 1963 All-Star game held in Toronto, and features Habs Jean Beliveau, Bernie Geoffrion, Henri Richard, and Claude Provost. Beliveau wears number 19, although it shows him standing at the blueline, prior to the opening faceoff, wearing number 4.

It’s quite something to see Beliveau, Gordie Howe, and Bobby Hull together as a line from time to time.

Foster’s Hewitt’s son Bill does the play-by-play.

6 thoughts on “When The All-Star Game Was A Serious Affair”

  1. Brings a tear to my eye…An actual Stanley Cup Leaf Championship team….

    How much longer do I have to wait …..Boo Hoo….

    Don’t be mean guys..

  2. I don’t mind the game (although it has become a joke a long time ago) but the skills competition is some of the most boring stuff I’ve seen in a long time. I watched it tonight and all I could think of was “they’ve postponed my hockey for this drivel?”

    The one highlight of the night was Carey being on the microphone. I loved his concussion joke. The rest was as boring as watching paint dry.

  3. Chris, it was Elmer Vasko and I have no idea why Jean wore 19 and Vasko 4. I’m sure there’s an answer, I just don’t know it.

  4. Darth, one thing about the skills competition. One of the best shooters was a player from Dallas whom I’ve never heard of before until tonight – Jamie Benn. All in all, I’m not a big fan of all-star weekend. I like hockey a little more serious.

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