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The First NHL All-Star Game took place at Maple Leaf Gardens (home of the Toronto Maple Leafs) on October 13, 1947.

The game saw the Maple Leafs play a team of NHL all-stars. The All-Stars won the game 4–3.


The NHL All-Star Game originated from the Players Committee and was approved on May 23, 1947. For the site of the All-Star Charity Game, it was applied for by Toronto and Chicago with Chicago receiving the second game in 1948.

It was agreed that proceeds would be divided whereby one-third would go to Toronto charities, and two-thirds would go to the Players Emergency (Benevolent and Disability) Fund.

At a later meeting in September of 1947, the players agreed to set up a pension fund, with $900 from every player going into the fund and 25 cents from the sale of every playoff ticket and the two-thirds of the All-Star Game proceeds to go into the fund.

Pre-Game Festivities[]

The players selected for the game attended a Toronto Argonauts-Hamilton Tiger-Cats football game on the day of the game which followed by a dinner at the Royal York Hotel. The players were given miniature engraved gold pucks.

There were extra gifts for the Maple Leafs, who had won the Stanley Cup the previous spring. The Leafs received gold cufflinks from the Ontario government, a free lifetime pass from Conn Smythe.

Sponsors gave each player a coat, a hat, a table lighter, golf balls, a tie, cigarette boxes, pocket knives, team photos, silver tea trays, engraved gold watches and silver watch chains.

Game Description[]

The All-Stars wore red sweaters with white stripes and white stars across the chest above the NHL shield.

The referees wore dark blue sweaters. The Leafs wore their white sweaters.

The game was well-contested and was physical. Ken Reardon was assessed a major penalty for cutting Bob Goldham on the head after a dirty cross-check.

Reardon was involved in a stick-swinging incident between himself and Bill Ezinicki and Gus Mortson.

Maurice Richard was placed on a line with Ted Lindsay. According to Richard, the pair (who would often fight it out in regular games) did not share a word.


Maple Leafs All-Stars
Final score 3 4
Scoring summary
  • Watson (Ezinicki) 12:29 first
  • Ezinicki (Apps, Watson) 1:03 second
  • Apps (Watson) 5:01 second
  • Max Bentley (Reardon) 4:39 second
  • Warwick (Laprade, Reardon) 9:25 second
  • Richard (unassisted) 0:28 third
  • Doug Bentley (Schmidt, Richard) 1:26 third
  • Mortson, Ezinicki(2) first
  • Lynn (minor, major) second
  • Mortson(2), Ezinicki third
  • Leswick, Bauer first
  • Reardon (minor, major) second
  • Bouchard, Schmidt third
Win/Loss Turk Broda Frank Brimsek
  • Referee: King Clancy
  • Linesmen: Jim Primeau, Ed Mepham
  • Game Attendance: 14,169


Maple Leafs All-Stars
Head coach Canada Hap Day (Toronto Maple Leafs) Canada Dick Irvin (Montreal Canadiens)
Lineup Maple Leafs:
  • Canada 1 - G Turk Broda
  • Canada 2 - D Bob Goldham
  • Canada 3 - D Wally Stanowski
  • Canada 4 - LW Harry Watson
  • Canada 5 - RW Don Metz
  • Canada 7 - C Bud Poile
  • Canada 9 - C Ted Kennedy
  • Canada 10 - C Syl Apps (C)
  • Canada 12 - RW Bill Ezinicki
  • Canada 14 - D Vic Lynn
  • Canada 15 - RW Howie Meeker
  • Canada 16 - LW Gaye Stewart
  • Canada 17 - LW Joe Klukay
  • Canada 19 - D Gus Mortson
  • Canada 20 - D Jimmy Thomson
  • Canada 21 - D Bill Barilko
  • Canada 22 - C Fleming Mackell