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