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ALL-STAR GAME STICKS WITH 3-ON-3 FORMAT

The NHL All-Star Game takes place on Sunday at the Staples Center in LA

by CALGARY FLAMES STAFF @NHLFlames / CalgaryFlames.com

As the countdown to the 2017 Honda NHL® All-Star Weekend, continues, the National Hockey League (NHL®) announced today that the 2017 Honda NHL® All-Star Game will return to a 3-on-3 All-Star Tournament among the NHL's most talented star players from each division.

The 3-on-3 format, which debuted last year, will divide the NHL All-Star Game into three 20-minute games, with star players from each NHL division making up the four All-Star teams: Pacific, Central, Atlantic, and Metropolitan. The 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend will include the 2017 Coors Light NHL All-Star Skills Competition™ on Saturday, Jan. 28, where each NHL division's All-Star team will compete for the right to select both their first opponent and when their 2017 Honda NHL® All-Star Game semi-final matchup will be played; first or second on Sunday, Jan. 29. The winners of each semi-final game will face off in a winner-take-all $1 million matchup.

Details on the 2017 Honda NHL® All-Star Game format include:

• The 2017 Honda NHL® All-Star Game will be a three-game tournament played in a 3-on-3 format with a prize pool of $1 million to be paid in its entirety to the tournament's winning team.
• The tournament will feature four teams, one team representing each NHL division: the Pacific, Central, Metropolitan and Atlantic.
• Each team will be made up of 11 players from each division: six forwards, three defenCemen and two goaltenders.
• The 2017 Coors Light NHL All-Star Skills Competition™ is now a matchup between each NHL division's All-Star team, with the winning division earning the right to select both their semi-final opponent and when their semi-final game will be played; first or second on Sunday.
• Each game in the 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Tournament will be 20 minutes in length.
• Teams will change ends at the 10-minute mark of each game. Games that are tied after 20 minutes will be decided by a shootout.
• The winners of each semi-final game will play each other in the All-Star Tournament Final to determine the overall tournament champion. 

 

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