NHL All-Star Weekend: Schedule, date, how to watch, format and skills competition events

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

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

Over the course of two days, players – all 32 teams will have at least one representative at All-Star Weekend – compete in various skills competitions before the final event, the All-Star Game tournament featuring one team from each of the league’s four divisions.

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

When and where does NHL All-Star Weekend take place?

The festivities will take place in Sunrise, Fla., at the FLA Live Arena from February 3-4.

Where can I watch NHL All-Star Weekend?

In the US, the 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 will take place on Friday 3 February from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM ET. The All-Star Game tournament will be held on Saturday, February 4 from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM ET.

What is the format of the All-Star Game?

The four divisions – Atlantic, Metropolitan, Central and Pacific – compete in a single-elimination tournament. There are two semi-final matches, with the winner of each match progressing to the final. The winner of the finals is crowned the All-Star Game champion and awarded a prize of $1 million. Each game in the tournament is three-on-three, consisting of two 10-minute periods.

Why is the game now 3-on-3?

From 1969 to 2009, the two conferences—East and West—played three full 60-minute periods. From 2011 to 2015, a player captain representing each conference participated in a fantasy draft to create their respective team. The last iteration in 2015 saw Team Toews defeat Team Foligno 17-12.

The NHL/NHLPA implemented a three-on-three format for regular overtime games in the 2015-16 season. This preceded the All-Star Game format changing to three-on-three.

Compared to its predecessor – a four-on-four format in overtime – three-on-three has a greater chance of ending games before a 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 the fans. Goals are exciting and using the three-on-three format, fans will see plenty of end-to-end action.

“We are introducing a creative new format this year in Nashville not only as a way to increase the competitiveness of the event, but also as a means to highlight and emphasize the incredible skill, speed and athleticism required to play our game,” the NHL said 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 are there in the NHL skills competition?

Always a fan favorite, the skills competition will take place on Friday, February 3rd at 7:00 PM ET at Sunrise’s FLA Live Arena. In addition to the classic events – Hardest Shot, Fastest Skater, Precision Shooting and Breakaway Challenge – the league will introduce three new events in an effort to showcase players’ talent.

  • Splash shot: Eight shooters (two from each team) will take to the beach in Fort Lauderdale and try to hit targets in an attempt to dunk their opponent.
  • Pitch ‘n puck: A combination of golf and hockey, six players will compete on a par-4 hole with an island green. While the lowest score wins, players will hope to achieve the longest drive, which is the tiebreaker for this event.
  • Tendy tandem: The third new competition is the only one held indoors. In this event, goalkeepers will work as partners while showing off their shooting skills. The better the goalkeeper’s partner manages to shoot the puck, the fewer attackers they have to face in the shooting round.

Additionally, Team USA stars Alex Carpenter and Hilary Knight, along with Team Canada’s Emily Clark, Rebecca Johnston and Sarah Nurse, will “join the fun” for All-Star Skills. Hall of Fame goaltender and current Panthers executive Roberto Luongo also competes in the skills competition.

All-Star Weekend highlights from 2022

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

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