John Scott NHL All-Star Game decision applauded by Twitterverse

John Scott was voted by fans to be the Pacific Division captain in the NHL All-Star game but quickly found himself being shuffled to the AHL and losing his eligibility. Well, the internet was not going to let that happen - see how the web responded on social media.

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Photo of John Scott behind bars made its way around the internet after he was traded and his all-star eligibility was called into question. (Twitter/peteralper99)

The National Hockey League learned a tough lesson this week; if you ask hockey fans to vote for something, be prepared to honour the consequences.

To get you up to speed, here's the TL;DR from the past week of NHL All-Star Game drama:

  • The NHL asked fans to vote for a captain for the all-star game
  • Fans voted enforcer John Scott as captain of the Pacific Division
  • Scott was traded to another team (Montreal) in another division and quickly demoted to the AHL
  • …and then Twitter got involved.

As soon as Scott's trade was announced, the social site exploded with comments, memes and the hashtag #FreeJohnScott.

However, Tuesday saw the NHL uphold the will of the fans, and @BrandonGatten sums it up best…

Are you happy with the NHL's final decision? Let us know in our poll.


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