What Is The NHL All Star Game?
The NHL All Star Game is a game played by a group of selected National Hockey League players. In addition to the actual game, there is a series of competitions in which the same players involved in the game can participate and compete in. The game typically happens once a year, and it occurs during the regular hockey season.
Although it is referred to as a single game, it is actually a series of three mini games, combining to make one full hockey game, and therefore it is called the NHL All Star game. This mini tournament is a way for the league to bring together the top players from each team in order to add variety to the season for hockey fans to watch, as well as a fun way for the players to compete against old and new teammates.
The NHL All Star game is actually a mini tournament. Each game is played the exact same way that all National Hockey League games are played, excluding the fact that the teams play three vs three at a time. The entire game consists of three twenty minute periods just like normal hockey games. That being said, the rest of the normal rules and regulations regarding the actual game of ice hockey are the same as they are in the regular season.
There are three total rounds involved in the NHL All Star game. The first and second rounds are technically combined however, because they are just entry games for the third round which is the final round of the tournament. Because each game is only twenty minutes long, the teams switch defending ends at the halfway point (the 10 minute mark).
The NHL All Star Game consists of four different teams. The four teams are based on geographical location and include the Atlantic, Metropolitan, Pacific, and Central teams. The teams are chosen based on the location of the NHL team in which the individual player plays for at that current time. In the first round of the game, the two Eastern Conference teams will play against each other; these teams include the Atlantic and Metropolitan teams. Then in the next round the two teams from the Western Conference will compete. These two teams include players from the Pacific and Central regions. The winners from each of the first two rounds will then compete in the final round in order to conclude the game. Any games that remain tied at the end of the full twenty minutes will go into a shootout in order to determine the winner. The winner of this final game will earn the NHL All Star Game winner title and a monetary prize.
Where is the NHL All Star Game located?
The NHL All Star game is located in a different ice hockey rink each year. The location is chosen each year based on a few required characteristics. The rink must be large enough to host the game as well as the competitions in which the players will also participate in. That being said it must also be able to allow some fans to watch. The NHL typically picks the location based on if it is a place where there are a lot of fans located and therefore it will get people excited to watch the competition.
Can any professional hockey player participate in the NHL All Star Game?
No, not any professional hockey player can participate in the National Hockey League's All Star game and competition. Although the players that are selected each year tend to be the most skilled or the top point earners for each team, it is the fans who actually get to pick the four captains who will compete that year. Based on who the fans select, or who earns the most votes, the NHL's operations department will then select the remaining ten players per team.
How often is there an NHL All Star Game?
The NHL All Star Game occurs once a year. The game and competition in which the selected players can compete in occur at designated time during the regular hockey season. The competition is normally scheduled for the later half of January, but sometimes is held in early February. The main reason for this time frame for the competition is because it is right around the halfway point in the National Hockey League's regular season. It gives the players a little break and something to look forward to.
Are players randomly selected for each team participating in the NHL All Star Game?
No, each player that is given the opportunity to play in the NHL All Star Game, must play on the team that corresponds to the team they play on during the regular season. Once the fans have voted on the captains for that year, NHL officials will choose the remaining forty players to compete. That being said, at least one player from each NHL team has to be selected to participate in order to represent the league fairly.