Fans who missed Wayne Gretzky's Capital Centre appearance because of the Jan. 13 snowfall can see the Edmonton center on Feb. 9, at somewhat higher prices, when he will represent the Campbell Conference in the 34th NHL All-Star Game.
Gretzky, who celebrated his 21st birthday yesterday, was the only unanimous choice of the 33 sportswriters participating in the all-star balloting. Gretzky is the runaway leader in the NHL scoring race with 61 goals and 75 assists.
Also chosen to the starting Campbell team were three other Oilers--rookie goalie Grant Fuhr, defenseman Paul Coffey and left wing Mark Messier. Completing the first team were right wing Dave Taylor of Los Angeles and defenseman Doug Wilson of Chicago.
Selected to the second team and guaranteed berths in the Capital Centre contest were center Denis Savard and left wing Al Secord of Chicago, defenseman Borje Salming of Toronto and goalie Gilles Meloche, defenseman Craig Hartsburg and right wing Dino Ciccarelli of Minnesota.
The eight remaining players will be selected next week by Campbell Coach Glen Sonmor of Minnesota. They must include at least one player from St. Louis, Winnipeg, Detroit, Calgary, Vancouver and Colorado.
The Prince of Wales Conference voting will be announced today and two Washington Capitals, center Dennis Maruk and left wing Ryan Walter, are among the top candidates.