NHL All-Star game festivities to feature a new Pitch ‘n Puck golf skills challenge

Talk about growing the game.

Two weeks ago we learned that the NFL added a long drive contest to its series of Pro Bowl events.

Now, the NHL is incorporating the game of golf into its All-Star weekend festivities. Which might be a natural considering how many NHL players dabble in golf in their free time.

The 2023 NHL All-Star Skills, which will take place Feb. 3 in Sunrise, Florida, will have three new events: the Discover NHL Tendy Tandem, the Enterprise NHL Splash Shot and the Chipotle NHL Pitch ‘n Puck.

According to the NHL’s website, the NHL Pitch ‘n Puck “will have players combine their hockey and golf skills on a par-4 golf hole featuring an island green. Six players will participate, the winner being the one who successfully sinks the puck/ball in the hole with the fewest shots using a combination of hockey and golf shots. If there’s a tie, the longest drive determines the winner.”

The NHL Skills will be on ESPN at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 3. The league hasn’t announced who will participate.

The NFL’s Pro Bowl activities are spread over two days, Thursday, Feb. 2 and Sunday, Feb. 5, in Las Vegas.