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National Hockey League puts premium on women's game

16 January 2020

A 3-on-3 matchup featuring the top women's hockey players from the United States and Canada will take place at some point during the festivities, according to Emily Kaplan of ESPN.

The skills competition will feature four other events limited to National Hockey League players: fastest skater, save streak, shooting accuracy and hardest shot. Last year, Kendall Coyne Schofield became the first woman to compete in an NHL All-Star skills competition.

Canada three-on-three scrimmage, which should be a great opportunity for some of North America's best players (and women's hockey's greatest rivalry) to get some love on a big stage.

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The NHL is not the only league to welcome the best players into its all-star tournament. Schofield impressed in the Fastest Skater event and held her own while competing with some of the NHL's speediest players, finishing seventh in the field of eight competitors.

This is the third all-star weekend in a row that the National Hockey League has invited top players to participate.

The addition of a women's three-on-three game is seen as the next step in the league's bid to promote women's hockey.

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National team players from the USA and Canada will be split into two 10-player teams and compete in a 20-minute 3-on-3 scrimmage during the skills competition. The all-star game will be played January 25.

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. 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.

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

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National Hockey League puts premium on women's game