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Hockey Night in Canada podcast: The greatest all-star game moments

In this week’s episode of the Hockey Night In Canada podcast, we talk about some of the greatest all-star game moments.

Rob Pizzo talks to former HNIC reporter Scott Russell about his all-star game memories

For the second time in their history, the San Jose Sharks will host the NHL all-star game. (Chris O'Meara/The Associated Press)

The Hockey Night In Canada podcast is a weekly CBC Sports production.

In each episode, host Rob Pizzo is joined by colourful characters within hockey to discuss great moments and great players and talk about today's stars. The Hockey Night podcast brings you beyond the boxscore with insight you won't find anywhere else.

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This week's episode focuses on the past and present of the NHL's all-star weekend. 1:03

It's all-star weekend on this week's episode of the Hockey Night In Canada podcast. The first "official" all-star game was held in 1947 and became an annual tradition where the defending Stanley Cup champions took on a group of all-stars from around the league.

Since then, there have been various format changes which brought numerous memorable moments like Gordie Howe returning to Detroit in 1980 to a very long standing ovation, Wayne Gretzky scoring four goals in the third period of the 1983 all-star game and Owen Nolan calling his goal against Dominik Hasek in the 1997 game, just to name a few. 

Former Hockey Night In Canada reporter Scott Russell, who was a broadcaster at 10 all-star games, joins us to discuss his favourite moments.

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With the league on its annual break, Rob Pizzo looks at some great moments from all-star games past. 2:08

And Ice Level reporter Sophia Jurksztowicz talks to San Jose Sharks president John Tortora about hosting their second all-star game and what it means to their fan base.

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