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Hockeytown Highlights: 1980 NHL All-Star Game

By: Erica Banas

As all of Red Wings Nation studies the upcoming 2009-10 regular season schedule and waits to see what becomes of the whole Jiri Hudler/NHL/KHL situation, I would like to introduce a new feature to redwingsmix.com: Hockeytown Highlights.

Hockeytown Highlights (for now, at least) will be a collection of videos, pictures, articles or anything else your heart desires that would be deemed something of importance. (However, random, amusing sightings are also welcome, too. We all need a good laugh every once and a while.) Think of it as a sort of time capsule if you will...except not as corny and lame.

The first video I would like to present is one from the 1980 NHL All-Star Game. That year the All-Star game was held in Detroit at the then new Joe Louis Arena. It was Gordie Howe's last All-Star game. The first minute and a half are other players intros (although, I would watch just to see Marcel Dionne get booed since he was representing the LA Kings. Also notable is that this is The Great One's first All-Star Game appearence.)

The response from the crowd is over-whelming. You do not have to be a Red Wings fan to get goose bumps from this clip. What I like most about the intro is the fact that the announcer does not even say Gordie's name. He just says "number nine".


Simply classic.


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