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Make Your Pick! NHL All-Star Game Gets Makeover
NEW YORK (AP) -- The NHL All-Star Game will look like a schoolyard pickup game this year.

The league announced Wednesday that it is switching from the conference vs. conference format it has used for years to a player draft conducted by the All-Stars themselves, in which captains selected by the players will determine the teams.

The 2011 All-Star Weekend will be hosted by Carolina on the last weekend in January.

Under the new format, two captains per team will select the remaining All-Stars in any order they choose. Those teams will compete in the All Star Game and SuperSkills competition.

NHL vice president Brendan Shanahan says the goal is to ``make the game more fun for everyone'' and to ``inject more excitement and intrigue into all the events.''

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