The Fifth National Hockey League All-Star Game took place at Maple Leaf Gardens, home of the Toronto Maple Leafs, on October 9, 1951.
Two teams of all-star players played to a 2–2 tie.
The 1951 All-Star Game format had the First Team All-Stars and the Second Team All-Stars be the cores of the two teams playing in the all-star game, with the reserves for the First Team consisting of players on American-based teams and the Second Team reserves consisting of Habs and Leafs. Because of the new format, the First Team All-Stars wore red jerseys while the Second Team wore white ones.
The 1951 game was held in somewhat of a sombre mood, as Bill Barilko, who had scored the Cup-winning goal for the Leafs, had mysteriously disappeared in a plane accident two months before. Had he been around, he would have been made a member of the Second Team As the All-Star game was symbolic of the start of the season, many new rule changes also had their first looks in this game: the most notable being touch icing: that a defensive player (other than the goaltender) must touch the puck for icing calls (previously, only goaltenders were permitted to touch the puck on icing calls)
Maurice Richard, Chuck Rayner, Doug Harvey, Ted Kennedy, Max Bentley, Butch Bouchard, Sid Abel, Jimmy Thomson, Leo Reise, Sid Smith, Gerry McNeil, Gus Mortson, Harry Watson, Floyd Curry, Tod Sloan, Ken Mosdell, Paul Meger
Coach - Dick Irvin