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NHL All-Star Weekend: Schedule, date, how to watch, format, and events for the Skills Competition

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The 2023 NHL All-Star Weekend is right around the corner. Many of the best players in the league will be flocking to the Sunshine State to showcase their skills and score an array of goals in one of the game’s highlights.

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The All-Star Game is one of the oldest traditions in the world NHLwith the first edition released on October 13, 1947. Nearly 76 years later, All-Star Weekend has grown in size and spectacle, with its format evolving in an effort to improve the product for the masses.

Over the course of two days, players—all 32 teams that will have at least one representative at All-Star Weekend—compete in various skill competitions before the final event, the All-Star Game tournament featuring a team from each of the league’s four divisions.

Below is more information on the schedule, date, time, format, and where to watch the 2023 NHL All-Star Weekend.

When and where does NHL All-Star Weekend take place?

The festivities take place in Sunrise, Florida, at the FLA Live Arena February 3-4.

Where can I watch NHL All-Star Weekend?

In the United States, the events will be shown on ABC and ESPN and broadcast on ESPN+. In Canada, it is available on Sportsnet in English, TVA Sports in French and can be streamed on Sportsnet Now.

What’s the schedule for All-Star Weekend?

The Skills Competition takes place on Friday, February 3, from 7 PM to 10 PM ET. The All-Star Game will be held on Saturday, February 4 from 3 PM to 6 PM ET.

What is the All-Star Game like?

The four divisions—Atlantic, Metropolitan, Central, and Pacific—compete in a singles tournament. There are two semi-final matches, with the winner of each match advancing to the final. The winner of the final game is crowned the All-Star Game and receives a $1 million prize. Each tournament match is three-on-three, consisting of two 10-minute periods.

Why is the game now 3 on 3?

From 1969 to 2009, the East and West conferences played a full 60-minute game. From 2011 to 2015, player captains representing each conference participated in a fictional draft to create their own team. The last iteration in 2015 saw Team Toews defeat Team Foligno 17-12.

The NHL/NHLPA implemented a three-on-three format for regular season overtime games during the 2015-16 season. This preceded the All-Star Game’s format change to three players on three.

Compared to its predecessor – the four-on-four overtime format – three-on-three players have a higher chance of finishing games before shooting. Fewer players and more open ice is a recipe for more goals.

This format makes sense for the All-Star Game, allowing the league to highlight its best players and entertain the crowd. The goals are exciting and using the three-on-three format, fans are in for a lot of all-out action.

“We are introducing a creative new format this year in Nashville not only as a way to enhance the competitiveness of the event, but also as a way to highlight and emphasize the incredible skill, speed, and athleticism required to play our game,” NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daley said in 2016, when the Nashville edition of The All-Star Game is the first to feature three-on-three.

What are the events in the NHL Skills Competition?

Always a fan-favorite skill competition, it takes place this Friday, February 3 at 7 PM ET at Sunrise’s FLA Live Arena. On top of the classic events – Hardest Shot, Fastest Skater, Precision Shoot and Breakaway Challenge – the League will introduce three new events in an effort to showcase players’ talent.

  • Kickoff: Eight shooters (two from each team) will head to the beach in Fort Lauderdale, trying to hit targets in an effort to sink their opponent.
  • Pitch ‘n puck: A mix of golf and hockey, six players will battle it out on a par-4 hole with an island green. While the lowest score wins, players hope to achieve the longest driving distance, which is the tiebreaker in this event.
  • Tendy tandem: The new third contest is the only one that takes place indoors. In this event, goalkeepers will act as partners while displaying their shooting skills. The better the goalkeeper’s partner is at the puck, the fewer attackers they will have to face in the shooting round.

Additionally, Team USA stars Alex Carpenter and Hilary Knight, along with Team Canada’s Emily Clark, Rebecca Johnston and Sarah Nurse, will be joining the fun for the All-Star Games. The Hall of Fame goalkeeper and current CEO with leopardsRobert Longo.

All-Star weekend of 2022

(Photo by Chase Agnello Dean/NHLI via Getty Images)

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