The uniforms are filled for the 38th National Hockey League All-Star Game Tuesday night, and even if most folks can't tell the Campbells from the Wales, it figures to be a suitable showcase for the display of individual talent.

The man with the largest supply of that, Edmonton center Wayne Gretzky, likes the low-key format, even if his boss, Glen Sather, would prefer to see the Stanley Cup champions play an all-star squad from the rest of the NHL.

"I like it the way it is," Gretzky said. "It's a fun thing and a thrill. Let's keep it that way. You come down here to have fun and to play with and against the best. Of course, the intensity level is not up to the regular season, but you can skate and shoot and enjoy yourself without all the slashing and stuff.

"If you have the all-stars against the Stanley Cup champions, it becomes another game in the schedule, and it becomes too serious."

Coach Sather was asked what he would tell his all-star players Tuesday and he replied, "Try not to get hurt and enjoy yourself."

Sather, who has guided losing Campbell teams the last two years, added, "I'd like to win, and I won't tell our guys to be lazy. I want them to play like any other game. If you don't, then you'll get hurt."

Since nine Oilers are playing for the Campbell Conference, Sather was asked if he would prefer to bring his entire squad and play the rest of the league.

"Yes, because it would be a nice reward for the players," he said. "There's been a lot of talk about changing the format, and I think you may see that happen soon.

"That's why we're here, because we won the Campbell Conference. But a lot of guys who helped win it, solid role-players, aren't here. If they go with the Stanley Cup champions, everybody will have a chance."

NHL President John Ziegler indicated there was not likely to be any change in the current Campbell vs. Prince of Wales Conference approach.

"The All-Star Game," Ziegler said, "is not designed to produce highly intense competition, because there is great fear of injury on all our parts. We've sold out every All-Star Game, and making it more intense or physical won't change it in regard to TV or attendance."

A fan vote chose the six starters for each team, with Sather and Philadelphia Coach Mike Keenan filling in their squads. There was a stipulation that each NHL club had to be represented.

Defenseman Paul Coffey of Edmonton was honored today as the leading vote-getter in the fans' poll, with 309,503, almost 63,000 more than Gretzky, the runner-up.

"I think this (the fan vote) will benefit the league, because it's creating a lot of interest," Coffey said. "And I'd like to give special thanks to my mother for stuffing the ballot box 100,000 times."

A brief film clip introduced each of the 12 starters, and there was considerable laughter from Washington defenseman Rod Langway when he was shown. Somehow, ESPN had come up with a sequence showing Langway in a "dump and chase" the puck routine, hardly one of his trademarks.

Langway was one of six players who visited cancer-stricken children at the University of Connecticut Medical Center before today's news conference.

The Capitals' other all-star, right wing Mike Gartner, also had a busy day, attending an NHL Players Association meeting as Washington's player representative.