After John Scott was elected the Pacific Division All-Star Game captain last season, boasting 1 assist in 11 games on the year, the NHL has imposed the following rules:
- Eligible players must be on an NHL club’s active roster as of Nov. 1. Any player who’s not – due to injury or special circumstances – can be added to the ballot if/when he returns.
- If a player is assigned or loaned to the American Hockey League (AHL) or any other minor-league team between Nov. 1 and 5 p.m. ET on Jan. 26, the player is ineligible. However, if the minor-league assignment/loan is due to conditioning reasons, the player remains eligible.
- If a vote leader is disqualified due to a minor-league assignment or loan (or other reason) after voting closes on Jan. 2, the player with the second-most votes in that division will be named captain.
The rules are clearly in response of the intense online campaign that helped Scott run away with the vote last season. After being chosen as captain, Scott was traded to the Montreal Canadiens and buried in the AHL in an attempt to keep him from playing in the game.
Scott scored twice in the 3-on-3 tournament and was chosen as the All-Star Game MVP last year in Nashville. This season’s game will be played January 29th in Los Angeles, with the Skills Competetion the night before. Voting opens December 1st.
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