Women's 3-on-3 event arranged for NHL All-Star Weekend

Ross Houston
January 16, 2020

The NHL is expected to reveal the new event - as well as a tweak to the All-Star Skills Competition - this week, according to Kaplan. Last year, Kendall Coyne Schofield became the first woman to compete in an NHL All-Star skills competition.

Sources told ESPN, The Athletic and Hockey Night in Canada about the event, which includes the top American and top Canadian women's hockey players. The all-star weekend lasts nearly two weeks.

It's unclear when the scrimmage will be held during the weekend of festivities.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has previously said he would be interested in establishing a women's league under the NHL umbrella, but only if there are no existing North American alternatives.

While women's players have been invited to participate in the All-Star festivities over the past few years, this will mark the first time that the National Hockey League has given the women their own event at the All-Star Game. Three members of the 2018 U.S. Olympic Gold Medal Team - Dani Cameranesi, Kali Flanagan and Gigi Marvin - with three times medalist at the World Championships Annie Pankowski, will be added to the lists and will participate in real games and skills competition. She replaced injured Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon and finished seventh of eight in the fastest-skater competition. The ECHL's All-Star festivities take place on a single day, January 22. Eventually, almost 200 top players formed the Professional Women's Hockey Players' Association (PWHPA) to push for a league they say must have a sustainable economic model. The NWHL, in the meantime, is in the middle of its fifth season and featuring teams made up of patchwork rosters with a handful of association players having returned to play.

NHL All-Star weekend also features a mascot showdown, alumni game and a one-on-one shootout, in addition to several fan events. In October, Rylan went so far as to say the NWHL has proven it can be viable without National Hockey League support and a lack of high-profile players.

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