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AHL All-Star Challenge to feature 3-on-3 tournament

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The 2016 Toyota American Hockey League All-Star Challenge will feature a four-team, 3-on-3 tournament format, the AHL announced Friday.

The AHL All-Star Challenge will be held Feb. 1 at the Onondaga County War Memorial in Syracuse, N.Y.

The league's all-stars will be divided into four teams, one representing each of the league's divisions, Atlantic, North, Central and Pacific.

The teams will play a round-robin tournament that will include six, nine-minute games. The first half of each game will be played 4-on-4 and the second half of the game will be played 3-on-3. The teams with the best record at the conclusion of the round-robin will move to the championship game, which will be a six-minute, 3-on-3 game.

"We have been working on developing an All-Star Challenge concept since last spring and this tournament idea is the result of many discussions with players, coaches and general managers around the league," AHL president David Andrews said. "We all believe that this will be an exciting showcase event for our players and fans alike as we highlight the skill, energy and excitement that has been a hallmark of the AHL for 80 years."

The rosters for each team will include 11 skaters and two goaltenders, and all 30 AHL teams will be represented by at least one player.

The 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game also will play a 3-on-3 tournament, it was announced Wednesday.

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