With all the youngsters in this year’s NHL All-Star game, Alex Ovechkin and Sid the Kid are starting to look like a pair of old geezers. The West will feature two 20-year-olds, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, in its starting lineup (part of the 3-Blackhawk starting squad), They aren’t, though, the youngest ever to play in an All Star game. Who was?
The answer is Fleming MacKell, who played in 1947 at the age of 18 years, 5 months, and 13 days. MacKell, though, played in that game, which happened to be the first official All Star game, because he was part of the defending Stanley Cup champion Toronto Maple Leaf team. Under the original All Star the old system, which lasted almost coninuosly from 1947-1968, the Cup champions would play against a group of the best players from other teams.. MacKell’s Leafs lost in 1947, 4-3.
The youngest player to appear on an All-Star roster, not as part of a defending championship team, was Steve Yzerman in 1984. He was 18 year, 8 months, and 22 says old. He had only played in the NHL for half a season.
Crosby is 11th on the all-time list, debuting at age 19-5-17, two seasons ago.
Fleming MacKell, incicdentally. was the younger half of one of the few Stanley Cup-winning father-son pairs. Jack MacKell won two Stanley Cups in the 1920s with the Ottawa Senators, while Fleming won two Cups with the Leafs.
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