League unveils three-on-three format for All-Star Game

Wed Nov 18, 2015 8:09pm EST
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(Reuters) - The National Hockey League unveiled sweeping changes for the 2016 All-Star Game on Wednesday, ditching the traditional five-on-five game in favor of a mini three-on-three tournament.

Rather than the usual 60-minute exhibition, the Jan. 31 event in Nashville will feature four 11-player teams of All-Stars representing each of the NHL's divisions competing in a three-game tournament.

The four division-leading NHL coaches as of Jan. 9 will be named coaches for each of the four All-Star teams. Each game will be 20 minutes with ties decided by a shootout.

(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by Mark Lamport-Stokes)