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The 2023 NHL All-Star Weekend is almost here! Many of the league’s best players will travel to the Sunshine State to showcase their skills and score a number of goals in one of the game’s premier events.

The All-Star Game is one of the NHL’s oldest traditions, with its first edition taking place on October 13, 1947. Nearly 76 years later, All-Star Weekend has grown in size and spectacle, evolving its format to try to improve the product for fans.

Over the course of two days, players, all 32 teams with at least one representative at All-Star Weekend, will compete in various skill competitions leading up to the final event, the All-Star Game, which features a team from each of the league’s four divisions.

Below is more information on the schedule, date, time, format and where you can watch the 2023 NHL All-Star Weekend.

When and where is NHL All-Star Weekend?

Festivities take place at the FLA Live Arena in Sunrise, Florida from February 3rd to 4th.

Where can I watch NHL All-Star Weekend?

In the United States, events will be shown on ABC, ESPN and streamed on ESPN+. In Canada, it is available on Sportsnet in English, TVA Sports in French and can be streamed on Sportsnet Now.

What is the schedule for All-Star Weekend?

The skills competition takes place on Friday, February 3rd from 7pm to 10pm ET. The All-Star Game will be held on Saturday, February 4th from 3pm to 6pm ET.

What is the format of the All-Star game?

Four divisions—Atlantic, Metropolitan, Central, and Pacific—compete in a one-time tournament. There are two semi-final matches, with the winner of each advancing to the final. The winner of the final is crowned the champion of the All-Star game and receives a prize of 1 million dollars. Each tournament game is three-on-three, consisting of two 10-minute halves.

Why is the game 3 on 3 now?

From 1969 to 2009, both conferences, the East and West, played three full 60-minute rounds. From 2011 to 2015, each conference captain participated in the fantasy draft to create their respective team. Last time in 2015, Team Toews defeated Team Foligno 17-12.

The NHL/NHLPA implemented a three-on-three format for extra regular season games in the 2015-16 season. This preceded the All-Star Game format, which was changed to three-on-three.

Compared to its predecessor, the four-on-four format in overtime, the three-on-three has a greater chance of ending games before the shootout. Fewer players and more open ice is a recipe for more goals.

This format makes sense for the All-Star Game, allowing the league to highlight its best players and entertain fans. The goals are exciting and using the three-on-three format, fans will see plenty of end-to-end action.

“This year in Nashville, we’re introducing a creative new format not only to increase the competitiveness of the event, but also as a way to highlight and emphasize the incredible skill, speed and athleticism required to play our game,” said NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly in 2016 when the Nashville edition of the All-Star Game was the first to feature three-on-three.

What events take place at the NHL Skills Competition?

Always a fan favorite, the skills competition takes place on Friday, February 3rd at 7pm ET at Sunrise’s FLA Live Arena. In addition to the classic events of Hardest Shot, Fastest Skater, Precision Shootout and Breakaway Challenge, the league will introduce three new events in an effort to showcase players’ talent.

  • Circling shot. Eight shooters (two from each team) will head to the beach in Fort Lauderdale to hit targets in an attempt to drown out their opponent.
  • Pitch ‘n puck. A combination of golf and hockey, six players will compete on a par-4 hole on an island green. Although the lowest score wins, players will be hoping to hit the longest drive, which is the tiebreaker for this event.
  • Tandy tandem. The third new competition is the only one held indoors. In this event, goalkeepers will work as partners, showing off their shooting skills. The better a goalkeeper’s partner is at shooting, the fewer attackers they have to face in a shooting round.

Additionally, Team USA stars Alex Carpenter and Hilary Knight, Team Canada members Emily Clark, Rebecca Johnston and Sarah Nurse will “join the fun” for the all-star skills. Also joining the skills competition will be Hall of Fame goaltender and current Panthers CEO Roberto Luongo.

All-Star Weekend highlights from 2022

(Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean / NHLI via Getty Images)

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