No more 'John Scotts' as NHL alters all-star voting

The NHL is taking steps to avoid another John Scott situation at the All-Star Game.

Journeyman's participation in 2016 game generated bad publicity for league

John Scott poses with the car he won for being named MVP of the 2016 NHL All-Star Game. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The NHL is taking steps to avoid another John Scott situation at the All-Star Game.

The league announced new fan voting rules Monday that disqualify players from being named a captain if they're injured or sent to the American Hockey League.

Scott, a journeyman enforcer, was voted in by fans last year when he was with the Arizona Coyotes and still served as the Pacific Division captain despite being traded to the Montreal Canadiens and demoted to the AHL. Scott's inclusion in the NHL's showcase event proved awkward for the NHL and he claimed the league tried to talk him out of playing.

Scott was the MVP of the 3-on-3 tournament that will be back for a second year, but the NHL didn't want a similar awkward situation to happen leading up to the 2017 game in Los Angeles.

Players who are injured or in the minors won't be on the active ballot until they're back in the NHL. If someone is voted captain and is hurt or in the AHL, the player with the second-most votes gets in.

Fans will vote for a captain from each division — the Metropolitan, Atlantic, Central and Pacific — regardless of position. The 3-on-3 tournament of the two Eastern and two Western Conference divisions facing each other before meeting in the final will take place on Sunday, Jan. 29.

The skills competition is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 28.


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