Competitive effort aside, the All-Star format has other factors impeding its entertainment value. The main problem is face-offs, or rather, the stoppages of play preceding face-offs. While regular season overtime needs to maintain face-offs for the sake of game-integrity, the All-Star format would be well-served to adopt an alternate format that emphasizes the skill aspects of the game and showcases player creativity.
Enterprising groups, including Fours Hockey, have modified playing formats to specifically address the mentioned shortcomings. This emerging upstart offers interesting versions of 3-on-3 hockey for tournament play and would be a worthy consideration for big venue events, such as the NHL All-Star Weekend.