What that could mean remains to be seen, but the players are intrigued.
The current All-Star Game format has been criticized for a perceived lack of effort from players. But there's a notion that putting international bragging rights on the line might light a fire under the participants.
The NHL hasn't staged an international event since the World Cup of Hockey in 2016, and with the league's future at the Olympics unclear, a country-based All-Star event could be the next step.
The league has done something similar in the past. Each All-Star Game from 1998 through 2001 featured Team North America against Team World.