2016 NHL All-Star Game Moving to 3-on-3 Tournament Format

November 18th, 2015 by Tim Daniels Leave a reply »

The NHL is planning to change the format of the 2016 All-Star Game to create a three-on-three tournament in the hope of sparking interest following the success of the overtime rules, which now include the wide-open style of play.

The NHL announced the news Wednesday and issued a statement on the decision:

The new format will divide the All-Star Game into three 20-minute games, with star players from each Division making up the four All-Star teams: Pacific, Central, Atlantic, and Metropolitan. The 2016 Honda NHL All-Star celebration will include the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition™ on Saturday, Jan. 30, and the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Tournament on Sunday, Jan. 31, where players will face off in a winner-take-all $1 million inter-division tournament.

The fantasy draft that had been conducted by players will be eliminated in favor of smaller teams based on division.

A three-game tournament will pit divisions from the same conference against one another, with the East and West winners playing for the championship. Along with the title, TSN's Bob McKenzie noted the champions will receive a " ...

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