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Added January 5th, 2016 by Ian

NHL All Star captains named
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NHL fans have spoken and when it comes to electing the four captains for the upcoming 2016 All-Star weekend in Nashville, Tennessee, the results are a bit of a mixed bag. The fans voted for 43-year-oldforward Jaromir Jagr of the Florida Panthers along with Chicago Blackhawks’ forward Patrick Kane and forwards John Scott of the Arizona Coyotes and Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals. Jagr hails from the Czech Republic while Ovechkin is Russian, Kane is an American and Scott comes from Canada.

Fans from across the globe were able to vote for the captains of the four NHL divisions for the All-Star weekend which will feature four teams playing in a three-on-three mini tournament. The balloting was open from December 1st 2015 and just wrapped up on New Year’s Day. The top vote-getter from each of the league’s four divisions was then named as the captain of his team. Jagr will skipper the Atlantic Division while Kane will wear the C for the Central Division, Ovechkin will lead the Metropolitan Division and Scott is the king of the Pacific.

Each voter could choose between one and four players for the games. However, some fans will feel the voting system was flawed due to the inclusion of Scott. It appears there was a campaign to elect Scott to the game even though he has been placed on waivers three times by his club with the most recent instance coming on December 17th. While Jagr, Kane and Ovechkin are true NHL stars and are known for their scoring exploits, Scott is considered to be an enforcer or goon.

The 33-year-old Scott of Edmonton, Alberta has played in just three games this season and has one assist to his name. He has appeared in 285 career NHL games and has contributed a grand total of five goals and six assists. He’s also served 542 minutes in penalties up to now. In comparison, Jagr has 1,828 points in 1,585 games while the 30-year-old Ovechkin has 929 points in 797 contests and the 27-year-old Kane, who is leading the league this season, has 613 points in 615 outings.

In total, there will be 44 players participating in the All-Star weekend as each squad will consist of two goaltenders, three defencemen and six forwards. The final 40 players will be announced by the NHL on January 6th with each of the 30 teams having at least one All-Star representative. The coaches come from the team with the most points in each division as of January 9, which is the halfway point of the 2015/16 season and the All-Star weekend will take place from Jan 30 to 31st at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. The weekend will feature the annual All-Star Skills Competition on the 30th as well as the three-on-three tournament on the 31st.

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