On This Date 2/5/1980

It was an NHL All-Star Game for the ages, as it marked the debut of 19-year-old Wayne Gretzky and the curtain call for 51-year-old Gordie Howe. Both had been a part of the WHA’s final four teams being picked up by the NHL. Most fans at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit were there to see Howe, making his record 23rd All-Star Appearance with an assist as the Wales Conference beat the Campbell Conference 6-3.

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