Connect with us

Philadelphia Flyers

From Reggie Leach to Wayne Simmonds and Scott Hartnell, Flyers have had memorable All-Star Games



Claude Giroux chats with his 2 1/2-year-old son, Gavin, before the Flyers' captain took part in the NHL Fountain Faceoff competition Friday. Photo: Zack Hill.

From Leon Rochefort to Reggie Leach. From Mark Recchi to Jake Voracek. From Scott Hartnell to … Claude Giroux?

Those are some of the Flyers who have made an impact in an All-Star Game.

Giroux will get the next chance. He was the only Flyer selected to this year’s four-team, three-on-three All-Star tourney, which will be held Saturday in Las Vegas  at 3 p.m. (ABC).

Giroux, 34, and Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos will be making their seventh All-Star appearances, the most of any of the 44 participants. Calgary’s Johnny Gaudreau, a South Jersey native, is third among this year’s players as he will make his sixth appearance.

Here are some Flyers’ highlights in the games and tournaments over the years.

1968: Rochefort, 29, was the first Flyer ever selected to an All-Star team.

1980: Leach became the first Flyer named an All-Star Game MVP, collecting goal and an assist.

1993: In the final All-Star Game held at Montreal’s fabled Forum, Recchi had five points – a goal and four assists – to help the Wales Conference wallop the Campbell Conference, 16-6.Mike Gartner had four goals and was the game’s MVP.

2012: Scott Hartnell earned a spot on the All-Star team with his strong play, but he also had a penchant for falling down. So Hartnell, who didn’t take himself too seriously, promised to donate $1,000 to charity for every time he fell.

Four falls later, he wrote a check for $4,000.

His Flyers teammates – and some others – were only happy to help.

“Giroux was trying to trip me on the faceoffs,” Hartnell said. “He got me down during warmups once.”

2015: Voracek had six points – a hat trick and three assists – in the 2015 All-Star Game in Columbus, where the Blue Jackets’ Ryan Johansen was the MVP in Team Toews’ 17-12 win.

2017:  Simmonds had three goals over two rounds of games and was named the MVP.

2022: Giroux will be the Metropolitan Division captain and will be trying to lead his team to the title.

Skills competition

The 2022 NHL All-Star Skills competition at T-Mobile Arena featured seven events, with the winner of each earning $30,000. The winners:

Fastest skater: Jordan Kyrou (St. Louis) — 13.550 seconds. (Connor McDavid, clocked at 13.69 seconds, was only fourth!)

Save streak: Jack Campbell (Toronto) and Andrei Vasilevskiy (Tampa Bay) — nine consecutive saves.

Fountain Faceoff: Zach Werenski (Columbus) — 25.634 seconds. (Giroux finished fourth.)

Hardest shot: Victor Hedman (Tampa Bay) — 103.2 m.p.h. (Leach would have been proud.)

Breakaway Challenge: Alex Pietrangelo (Vegas) — 64.

21 in ’22: Joe Pavelski (Dallas). (Players shot at playing cards and tried to get blackjack.)

Accuracy shooting: Sebastian Aho (Carolina) — 10.937 seconds.


The NHL announced that the 2023 Winter Classic will be at Fenway Park. … Next year’s All-Star weekend will be hosted by the Florida Panthers.

Get PhHN in Your Inbox

Enter your email address to get all of our posts sent directly to your inbox.

Flyers Cap Info

Copyright © 2023 National Hockey Now and Philadelphia Hockey Now. In no way affiliated with the Philadelphia Flyers or the National Hockey League.