Sunday, November 3, 2013

Rare Programs: IHL All-Star Games (1972-73 and 1983-84)

Thought I'd post these programs. I rarely see IHL All-Star Game programs online or at flea markets, but here are the two I have.

  
     This one is from the 1972-73 IHL All-Star Game, held at Hara Arena in Dayton, Ohio. That year's format was the North Division vs. the South Division, and the proceeds for the game went to the Children's Medical Center. The program is pretty small, about 11 pages, but you can't argue with the price!

A few notable players in this game include:
Bill McKenzie--Played in the NHL with the Colorado Rockies
Dennis Desrosiers--Scored 60 goals that season in Saginaw
Bob McCammon--Later coached in Philadelphia
Doug Manchak--Number retired by the Flint Generals
Bob Perani--Started Perani's Hockey World and owned both the Flint Spirits and Flint Generals. Alternate in this game.
Curt Ridley--Played briefly in the NHL, including Toronto and Vancouver
 
     The 1983-84 All-Star Game was held at Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The Olympics were just around the corner, so the IHL faced Team USA in the Midseason Classic. Hopes were high for the Americans, just four years removed from the legendary "Miracle on Ice", and this game would serve as a good warm-up.
     While the 1984 USA team was a huge disappointment in the Olympics, they did ice a very talented squad. The following players from the American squad would go on to the NHL:

Chris Chelios--3 Stanley Cups, 3 Norris Trophies, Hall of Famer
Al Iafrate--13 NHL seasons, 152 goals
Pat LaFontaine--15 NHL seasons, 468 goals
Ed Olczyk--16 NHL seasons, 1 Stanley Cup, US Hockey Hall of Famer
Bob Mason--8 NHL seasons, Minnesota Wild goaltender coach

Stats from HockeyDB.com

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