The All-Star Skills Competition has a new twist

Josh Gold-Smith
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The 3-on-3 tournament is here to stay on All-Star weekend, but the NHL's annual skills showcase will be slightly different this time around.

In a minor tweak from last year's format, the league's All-Star Skills Competition will now be contested between divisional teams rather than those of conferences, with the winner earning the right to select its first (semifinal) opponent and game time in the 3-on-3 tournament, the NHL announced.

Last year, the skills event was a matchup of the Western and Eastern conferences, and the winner did have the right to select its 3-on-3 semifinal time, but not the opponent.

The 2017 All-Star Skills Competition will take place Jan. 28 in Los Angeles, and the 3-on-3 tournament is scheduled for the following day at Staples Center.

The tourney's format will remain as it was in Nashville last year, with two 3-on-3 semifinal games and a championship final with a prize pool of $1 million going to the winner.