The 47th NHL All-Star Game took place on January 18, 1997 at the San Jose Arena) home of the San Jose Sharks.
Super Skills CompetitionEdit
The Eastern Conference won the skills competition for the first time since 1992. St. Louis Blues' Al MacInnis won the Hardest Shot event for the third time in his career by slapping the puck at 98.9 mph.
Boston Bruins' defenceman Ray Bourque won the Shooting Accuracy event for the fourth time, hitting four targets in seven shots.
Individual Event WinnersEdit
- Puck Control Relay: Geoff Sanderson (Hartford Whalers)
- Fastest Skater: Peter Bondra, (Washington Capitals) (13.610 seconds)
- Accuracy Shooting: Ray Bourque, (Boston Bruins) (4 hits and 7 shots)
- Hardest Shot: Al MacInnis, (St. Louis Blues) (98.9 mph)
- Goaltenders Competition: John Vanbiesbrouck, (Florida Panthers) (2 GA and 16 shots)
Montreal Canadiens' right-winger Mark Recchi had a hat-trick to lead the Eastern Conference to a 11–7 victory and to be named All-Star M.V.P. Recchi would become the fourth Montreal Canadian to receive the award.
A record 10 goals was scored in the second period including two from hometown favorite San Jose Sharks' right-winger Owen Nolan in a record eight seconds.
Nolan would complete his hat-trick in the third period as he closed in on a breakaway towards Buffalo Sabres' goaltender Dominik Hasek.
Nolan pointed to the top left corner and then fired a shot right off the bar top corner! Gary Thorne called it saying, "here come the chapeaus!" The crowd erupted throwing hats everywhere.
- Referee: Rob Shick
- Linesmen: Ron Asselstine, Bob Hodges and Leon Stickle
- Television: FOX, CBC and SRC