The NHL has released details of how today's three-on-three tournament will work. They are as follows:
The 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game will feature a 3-on-3 All-Star Tournament. The new format will divide the All-Star Game into three 20-minute games, with star players from each Division making up the four All-Star teams: Pacific, Central, Atlantic, and Metropolitan. Players are facing off for a winner-take-all $1 million prize.
Each game 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 Eastern Conference won the Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition and elected to play the first game today. Accordingly, the Atlantic Division All-Stars (wearing black) will face the Metropolitan Division All-Stars (wearing white) in the first of the two semifinal games, followed by
Central Division All-Stars (wearing black) against the Pacific Division All-Stars (wearing white) in the second semifinal.
Other notable rules include:
- All NHL Rules apply to each game.
- Each game will be 20 minutes in length, with two 10-minute periods per game.
- There will be a hard whistle at the 10-minute mark of each game. At this time, teams and goalies will change ends.
- Video Review will be used to confirm all goals. NHL Hockey Operations will initiate any potential coach’s challenge reviews.
- All minor penalties will be one-minute in length. Manpower advantages during these penalties will reflect current NHL Rules, where at no time will a team have less than three players on the ice – this may require a fourth and/or fifth skater to be added.
- Games that are tied after 20 minutes will be decided by a shootout using current NHL shootout rules.
- All three games will be officiated by referees Dan O’Rourke and Ian Walsh, and linesman Jonny Murray and Vaughan Rody.