NHL All-Star Game Will Feature Women's Fray

Carrie Guzman
January 16, 2020

It is not the first time that the National Hockey League has invited top players to its All-Star weekend.

THE National Hockey League (NHL) is increasing its promotion of women's hockey by adding a three-on-three game between United States and Canadian national team members to its All-Star festivities later this month in Saint Louis.

Last year, four women players were invited to take part in the All-Star festivities - including Kendall Coyne Schofield, who became the first woman to compete in the NHL Skills Competition. She finished seventh among eight skaters with a time of 14.346 seconds, beating out Arizona's Clayton Keller.

A three-on-three scrimmage between top Canadian and American female stars will be included as part of the weekend, sources told ESPN's Emily Kaplan.

The report says the league expects to announce full details of the new event and a new element to the skills competition later this week.

Women's hockey is about to get some serious shine at the NHL All-Star Game.

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In December 2015, teams representing the Canadian Women's Hockey League and the USA -based National Women's Hockey League played an exhibition game leading to the 2016 Winter Classic in Boston. As of right now, the five-team National Women's Hockey League is the only pro women's league in North America.

The all-star weekend will take place on January 24 and 25 with a skills competition and 3-on-3 tournament.

Players will be selected from the Professional Women's Hockey Player's Association, a group of women's players sitting out of the NWHL this season in hopes of forming a more sustainable women's professional league.

The PWHPA has since launched a series of barnstorming tours around North America, its most recent stop in Toronto last weekend.

This year, the three-on-three scrimmage will feature some of the world's highest-profile players representing their respective countries.

NHL All-Star weekend also features a mascot showdown, alumni game and a one-on-one shootout, in addition to several fan events.

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