In an era of prequels and sequels, innovation sometimes comes to not be identified when presented to the masses. Yet it is this same backdrop that fosters the innovative spirit: the drive to create a comprehensive model. rnrn3-on-3 hockey is an amazing innovation. Not only does it add a new dimension (in which the benefits seem to outweigh the negatives) but it has deep hockey roots, simultaneously, with an emphasis on "shinny". rnrnThe All-Star Game was amazing. rnrnThe only time they weren't smiling was when their competitive mugs came out. And these were the only two faces you'd find all telecast: big smiles and focused gazes. Jon Scott should have silenced his critics, performing true to captain-fashion. Sure, they weren't playing NHL defense... but they were playing defense! Their was a true sense of [friendly] competition, camaraderie, and hockey. rnrnAs a fan, it seemed one could not help but cheer for their favorite team (even when that team did include players from division rivals). The tournament feel was unarguably achieved, in regards to both the players AND the fans. The prestige of the All-Star game has been restored by a simple format change, incorporating the League's boldest rule change since removing the two-line pass. Even players from rival teams could be found exchanging approvals all throughout the game. rnrn3-on-3 is genius.rnrnThis overtime rule is nothing short of innovative. It's exciting judgments highlight the skill in the NHL, and provokes fans. As long as tie-games are no longer a part of the NHL's standing's system (a diversion from the purist no-shootout point of view) overtime should always be examined and improved upon. rnrn3-on-3's real genius is it's correlation in roller hockey (and the cross-over to other programs like the USA Hockey's American Development Model). On one hand, there is a dedicated stratagem to the 4-on-4 breakout, and likewise the 3-on-3, 3-4, etc. Observe competitive roller hockey such as NARCh. The swiftness in defensive zone possession passes and dekes (which usually occur in a sort of isolation) result in a stretch pass or otherwise outnumbered attack. It is not the back-and-forth that the NHL's 3-on-3 has provided.rnrnOn the other hand, the NHL has a lot to learn about 3-on-3 play. While stretch passing unquestionably has its place and effect, all teams are displaying traditional offensive zone TOP management at best. Observe roller hockey's smaller setting which obliges any team to master manipulating one's own defensive zone, to lure the forechecking team into overcommitting. (Offensive TOP is always a priority in any hockey system, of course.)rnrnThe 2016 NHL All-Star Game was a success because of its overall inclusiveness. The 3-on-3 model encourages skill and overall player development; the All-Star format is innovative and results in fun.rnrn(pardon me if this is a multiple submission; experiencing technical difficulty. orig submitted Feb 1. 2016) Comments welcomed!