Women’s 3-on-3 scrimmage planned for NHL All-Star Weekend

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The All-Star weekend will be held January 24 and 25 in St. Louis, and the game will follow the same format as past years: a three-game tournament of three-on-three hockey.

According to an ESPN report, this year's NHL All-Star Game will feature a three-on-three match between the best American and Canadian players, in addition to the three-on-three tournament between stars in all four league divisions.

The NHL is expected to officially announce the women's event this week.

The All-Star festivities in St. Louis later this month will reportedly have a women's United States of America vs.

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.

What's hard to gauge is what signal the NHL might be sending by having a number of the world's top female players sharing the spotlight when women's hockey is in a state of flux.

There was also some controversy past year during the passing drill as Team USA's Brianna Decker demonstrated the circuit and ended up completing it in one minute six seconds, which was three seconds faster than Edmonton Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl, who was named the victor.

The CWHL's demise eventually led to more than 200 of the world's top players announcing they wouldn't play professionally this season in North America, including the NWHL. The NHL now provides modest financial support to the NWHL.

The PWHPA just completed its largest showcase in Toronto with over 100 players taking part in six games spread over three different venues.

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. Bettman has said he doesn't want the National Hockey League to appear like a bully.

NWHL founder and commissioner Dani Rylan has taken offense to the National Hockey League questioning its investor-backed business model.

The 3-on-3 scrimmage will feature some of the world's highest-profile players.

The NWHL has instead focused on adding private investors to generate revenue and fill in the gaps left after the NHL's Buffalo Sabres and New Jersey Devils cut ties with teams in their respective markets.

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