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Bure eager to see creativity, skill of All-Star Weekend

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

Pavel Bure is excited about the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Sunday at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville (3 PM MT; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports). He says he can't wait to see the new 3-on-3 format in action.

"The NHL always tries to be creative and changes things around when it comes to the All-Star Game," Bure said in his latest blog on "The League wants to make sure that the fans enjoy watching it."

This year, for the first time, the League is going to a four-team, division-based format for the game that will feature three 3-on-3 games of 20 minutes each. Each division roster will feature 11 players and the winning team will take home $1 million.

"The 3-on-3 [format] will create more scoring chances and also more opportunities for the goalies to showcase their skills," said Bure, who played in seven All-Star Games during his career.

The game is preceded by the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition on Saturday (5 PM MT; NBCSN, CBC, Sportsnet, TVA Sports).

"I am looking forward to the skills competition as well," Bure said. "I can't wait to see who will be crowned the fastest skater. Unfortunately I never got to win this title myself. But the new generation of players is bigger and faster. It's impossible to predict who is going to win this year."

Whenever All-Star Weekend rolls around, Bure says he thinks about all the memories he forged during his appearances in the games.

"My most memorable All-Star Game out of the seven I was lucky to be a part of was the 50th All-Star Game in Toronto where I played on the same line with my brother [Valerie Bure] and won the MVP title."

Bure, who scored 437 goals and 779 points during a 12-year NHL career with the Vancouver Canucks, Florida Panthers and New York Rangers, will make regular contributions to

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