NHL All-Star Game Moves To 3-on-3 Format – No Goalies Next?
In a surprise announcement by the National Hockey League Wednesday, the 2016 NHL All-Star Game will become a “3-on-3” tournament, much like the current overtime format the league started using this season.
— NHL (@NHL) November 19, 2015
That’s right – it went from a game, with standard NHL format and rules, to a tournament! There will be three 20-minute games between divisional All-Star teams, where each team puts three skaters on the ice against each other, with a goalie.
Think it’s going to be just another who-cares-it’s-time-for-fun-and-no-defense kinda All-Star Game? Try again. The NHL is putting up a $1 million prize to the divisional team that wins the tournament!
"The scoring chances, skill and intensity that have made 3-on-3 overtime a must-see part of the game this season will be on display in a revamped format for the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Jan. 31." – Dan Rosen, NHL.com
There will be six forwards, three defensemen and two goalies (11 players) per divisional team, and fans will select one player from each division per position.
Photo Credit: Bruce Bennett
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