Sunday Hockey Notes

Even NHL fighters need coaching

With the NHL All-Star Game ceding the spotlight to the Olympics this year, it’s worth noting that the first All-Star Game to be played between the East and West happened 45 years ago this month. The format for the 1969 event at the Montreal Forum — which ended in a 3-3 tie — was a change from the longtime tradition of having the defending Stanley Cup champion host a team made up of stars from the league’s other teams. Though the All-Star rosters have been decided a few different ways since the change in 1969, the format has remained the same since Frank Mahovlich took home the game MVP trophy in the game’s 22d edition.