We’re all fully aware that the NHL All-Star Game has been a horrendous waste of time for many years. The league’s elite goaltenders are made out to look like sieves, the players avoid any type of contact and fans have been turning off the TV the second the puck drops.
Some would say that with the success of the Winter Classic, that maybe the All-Star Game should be moved outdoors as well. Or maybe take a page out of the MLB and have the winning conference awarded home ice advantage in the Stanley Cup Finals. Instead, this year, the All-Star Game will consist of a 3-on-3 mini tournament.
Hockey Analyst, Bob McKenzie is reporting that the game will consist of 4 teams, each made up from the 4 divisions. Each team will consist of 9 – 10 skaters and 2 goalies. The 2 Eastern Conference teams will play a 20 minute 3-on-3 mini game. The 2 Western Conference teams will play a 20 minute 3-on-3 mini game. And then the winning teams will play a final 3-on-3 mini game. Its expected that there will be a large cash incentive for the overall winning 10 – 12 players. The tournament bracket would look something like this.
If anything, the 3-on-3 OT format has produced some exciting hockey this year, so far. One mistake and you’re essentially done. Here are some 3-on-3 highlights.
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