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NHL All Star Game Fast Facts

By CNN Library
September 28, 2013 -- Updated 2012 GMT (0412 HKT)

(CNN) -- Here's a look at what you need to know about the National Hockey League (NHL) All Star Game. In 2014, due to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, the All Star game will not be held. The next All Star Game will be in 2015.

2012:
January 29, 2012 - The NHL All Star Game is held in Ottawa, Canada. Team Chara defeats Team Alfredsson by a score of 12-9.

All Stars - By Highest Fan Votes:
Forwards:
Daniel Alfredsson - 897,055 votes
Jason Spezza - 817,483 votes
Milan Michalek - 743,977 votes

Defensemen:
Erik Karlsson - 939,591 votes
Dion Phaneuf - 614,933 votes

Goalie:
Tim Thomas - 626,540 votes

2012 All Stars - Team Chara:
Team Captain: Zdeno Chara - Boston Bruins
Coach: Claude Julien - Boston Bruins

2012 All Stars - Team Alfredsson:
Team Captain: Daniel Alfredsson - Ottawa Senators
Coaches: John Tortorella - New York Rangers, Todd McLellan - San Jose Sharks

Facts:
To select the teams, fans vote for three forwards, two defensemen, and one goalie without regard to the Conference. (

The NHL Hockey Operations Dept. selects the remaining 36 hockey All Stars.

Two captains are chosen by the 42 NHL All Stars themselves.

The captains select the remaining members to their respective teams in a fantasy draft event. A coin flip decides which captain selects first.

Since 2006, the All Star game has been canceled in years that the Winter Olympics were also being held.

Timeline:
October 13, 1947 - The first NHL All Star Game is played in Toronto, Canada. The defending Stanley Cup team played a selection of players from the league's other teams.

1966-1967 - The All Star game is moved from the start of the season to mid-season.

1968 - The last year that the defending Stanley Cup team played against a selection of all stars.

1979 - The All Star game is replaced with a game pitting NHL stars against players from the Soviet Union. This happens again in 1987.

1995 - The All Star game is canceled due to a labor dispute.

1998 - The format of the All Star game is changed again. North American stars play against a group of all stars from around the world. This format lasts for five years.

2005 - The All Star game is canceled due to a labor dispute.

2006 - No All Star game due to the Winter Olympics.

2010 - No All Star game due to the Winter Olympics.

2013 - The All Star game is canceled due to a labor dispute.

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