Prior to the 2015-2016 season, the National Hockey League changed the rules for overtime. Instead of a 4 vs. 4 overtime format, to NHL would change the format to a 3 vs. 3. Now, the NHL has decided to expand the overtime format to the All-Star game.The 3 v 3 action has brought a lot of excitement to the NHL in its inaugural season. Players have a lot more space to skate and create plays for them and their teammates. There have already been multiple overtime breakaway goals and saves that keep fans on the edge of their seats. The amount of goals scored in overtime is astounding compared to last year. The majority of NHL fans don’t like shootouts (I happen to be a fan) so scoring more goals in overtime pleases the likes of more fans.
The new format has had such a positive impact on the game that the NHL is now bringing it to the All-Star game in a tournament format. The details are still being worked out, however. The players have some complaints about the new format, as players such as Drew Doughty, Dustin Byfuglien and Erik Karlsson claim that the format is too tiring for the players and that it is more focused on the fans satisfaction than the health of players.
The NHL is certainly making strides in making the game more enjoyable for fans. The addition of the 3 on 3 overtime was one of the better moves by the league in recent memory. With the addition of seeing the best players in world on the 3 on 3 stage during the All-Star game, fans should be ecstatic over this decision. The new format has added much more excitement to the game of hockey. Commissioner Gary Bettman has deserved much criticism over his tenure, but this has been one of his better decisions as commissioner.