The NHL is expected to announce full details later this week.
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. The NHL should also add a new element to the skills competition. I can't wait to see what the future holds! "These are the games that we get up for".
Last year, American Kendall Coyne Schofield became the first woman to compete in the skills competition when she participated in the fastest skate event, finishing in seventh place with a time of 14.346 seconds.
The women selected to play in the All-Star weekend event are part of the Professional Women's Hockey Players Association, a pool of players who are boycotting professional hockey this year in an effort to find a more sustainable league. Last year, Kendall Coyne Schofield made waves when he participated in the fastest skating competition and beat Arizona Coyotes striker Clayton Keller. While it didn't officially count in the standings, Hilary Knight's time of 11.64 seconds in the accuracy shooting event would have ranked third, posting a better time than Sidney Crosby, Anze Kopitar, James Neal, Blake Wheeler, Brad Marchand, and Steven Stamkos.
FYI, @HilaryKnight can snipe. All-Star Weekend falls in just under two weeks, with the defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues hosting festivities at Enterprise Center in St. Louis.
This isn't the first time the National Hockey League has invited female players to attend its All-Star game.
The all-star weekend will take place on January 24 and 25 with a skills competition and 3-on-3 tournament. The day follows the format of a three-on-four tournament, with skill competitions taking place between rounds.
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. Wheel captain Cam brown will represent the nailers at the event.