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NHL All-Star Weekend: Skills Competition Schedule, Date, Watching, Format and Events

The 2023 NHL All-Star Weekend is upon us. Many of the league’s best players will flock to the Sunshine State to show off their skills and score a ton of goals in one of the game’s marquee events.

The All-Star Game is one of the oldest traditions in the NHL, the first edition taking place on October 13, 1947. Nearly 76 years later, the All-Star Weekend has grown in size and spectacle, with its format evolving in an attempt to improve the product for fans.

Over two days, players – all 32 teams will have at least one representative at the All-Star Weekend – will compete in various skill competitions leading up to the final event, the All-Star Game Tournament, which features a team from each of the four divisions of the league participates.

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

When and where is NHL All-Star Weekend held?

The celebrations will take place February 3-4 in Sunrise, Fla. at the FLA Live Arena.

Where can I watch NHL All-Star Weekend?

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

What is the All Star Weekend schedule?

The Skill Contest will take place on Friday, February 3rd from 7:00pm to 10:00pm ET. The All Star Game tournament takes place on Saturday, February 4th from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET.

What is the format for the All-Star Game?

The four divisions – Atlantic, Metropolitan, Central and Pacific – compete in a single-elimination tournament. There are two semi-final matches, with the winner of each game advancing to the final. The winner of the finals will be crowned the All-Star Game Champion and receive a $1 million prize. Each game of the tournament is a three-on-three match made up of two 10-minute periods.

Why is the game now 3v3?

From 1969 through 2009, the two conferences—East and West—played a full 60-minute, three-period game. From 2011 to 2015, a player captain representing each conference participated in a fantasy draft to create their respective team. In the last iteration in 2015, Team Toews defeated Team Foligno 17-12.

The NHL/NHLPA introduced a 3-on-3 format for regular-season overtime games in the 2015-16 season. This preceded the All-Star game format being changed to three-on-three.

Compared to its predecessor – a four-on-four overtime format – three-on-three has a greater chance of games ending before a penalty shootout. Fewer players and more open ice is a recipe for more goals.

This format makes sense for the All-Star game as it allows the league to highlight their best players and entertain fans. Goals are exciting and by using the three-on-three format, fans will see plenty of end-to-end action.

“We’re introducing a creative new format this year in Nashville not only to enhance the competitiveness of the event, but to highlight and highlight the incredible skill, speed and athleticism required for our game,” he told the NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly in 2016 when the Nashville edition of the All-Star Game was the first three-on-three.

What events are in the NHL Skills Competition?

Always a fan favorite, the Skill Contest takes place on Friday, February 3rd at 7:00pm ET at Sunrise’s FLA Live Arena. In addition to the classic events – Hardest Shot, Fastest Skater, Precision Shooting and Breakaway Challenge – the league will introduce three new events to showcase player talent.

  • Splash Shot: Eight shooters (two from each team) go to the beach in Fort Lauderdale and attempt to hit targets in order to dun their opponent.
  • Pitch ‘n Puck: A combination of golf and hockey, six players compete on a par 4 hole with an island green. While the lowest score wins, players hope to hit the longest drive, which is the tiebreaker for this event.
  • Tendy-Tandem: The third new competition is the only one held indoors. At this event, goalkeepers will work together as partners while showing off their shooting skills. The better the goaltender’s partner shoots the puck, the fewer attackers he has to hit in the shooting round.

Additionally, Team USA stars Alex Carpenter and Hilary Knight will “compete” in the All-Star Skills along with Team Canada’s Emily Clark, Rebecca Johnston and Sarah Nurse. Also, Roberto Luongo, Hall of Fame goaltender and current Panthers manager, will participate in the skills competition.

All-Star Weekend Highlights of 2022

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


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