It’s going to be a star-studded weekend in Toronto as the NHL holds it’s annual All-Star Game. While the main event is Saturday night, there are a ton of exciting things going on before that.
From the Skills night, to a PWHL showcase and more, here’s what you can expect from the NHL’s All-Star Weekend:
Thursday: PWHL 3×3 Showcase
With the Professional Women’s Hockey League skyrocketing into success this year, it makes sense that they are being included in the NHL’s festivities.
To kick off All-Star Weekend, the best of the PWHL will be participating in a 3×3 tournament Thursday night at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto. The event will host 24 of the PWHL’s best competing on two teams — Team Kloss and Team King.
The teams are named after Billie Jean King and Ilana Kloss, and each team will have two coaches. For Team King, retired hockey player Cassie Campbell-Pascall will coach alongside celebrity coach Tessa Virtue — Canadian Ice Dance Legend. Coyne Schofield of PWHL Minnesota will serve as team captain.
For Team Kloss, Meghan Duggan, former hockey player and current New Jersey Devils Director of Player Development will serve as coach. Jonquel Jones, WNBA star for the New York Liberty, will serve as celebrity coach. Brianne Jenner of PWHL Ottawa will serve as captain.
With the event taking place Thursday evening, teams were out on Nathan Philips Square outdoor rink Thursday morning for a practice that the public could watch.
Thursday: NHL All-Star Player Draft
Thursday night will also be when the teams for the NHL All-Star game are selected. Four teams will be heading into the All-Star Game, with team captains and celebrity coaches picking from the pool of players attending to create their teams.
The captains and celebrity coaches are Auston Matthews, Morgan Rielly and Justin Bieber, Nathan MacKinnon, Cale Makar and Tate McRae, Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl and Will Arnett, and Jack and Quinn Hughes and Michael Bublé make their picks.
All four celebrity coaches are Canadian celebrities going head to head by teaming up with the NHL’s best. They’ll take turns picking players in a mock-draft.
Friday: NHL Skills Night
They have revamped the traditional skills competition in order to make it a little more competitive. Now, players will be competing in eight events, trying to win points, in order to claim a $1 million dollar prize!
The event is broken down into three rounds:
Round One: Each player will compete in four of the first six events, and earn points for how they finish. The top eight point-earners will move on to the next round.
Round Two: One-on-one. Each player will choose a goalie to compete in a shootout with. The top six players from the shootout round will advance to the final.
Final: The top six players will compete in an obstacle course on-ice. Point totals will be doubled in this event, and the player with the most points will win the prize!
There are a ton of bets to place for this competition, including who will win the entire event as well as who will win the individual events and more. Take a look on Bet 365 >>>
Saturday: All-Star Game
The main event takes place Saturday at 3pm EST at Scotiabank Arena — the All-Star Game!
Four teams of 11 players will compete, after teams are drafted Thursday night. There will be three games, with 10 minute halves each, played in 3×3 style.
If there is a tie after the 20-minutes, the game automatically goes into a shootout competition. The winners of the first two games will determine who plays in the final game, and the winner of that game will be the winner of this year’s All-Star Game!
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