The ballots for the 2016 NHL All-Star Game have officially opened.
The NHL and NHLPA implemented a new format for this year's All-Star Game, which will be a 3-on-3 tournament of three 20-minute games, featuring four teams of 11 stars representing each division (Atlantic, Metropolitan, Central and Pacific). The winning team takes home $1 million.
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Fans are allowed to vote up to 10 times a day — as few as one player or as many as four — for one player from each division, and the top vote-getter will be named the captain for their respective division.
The remaining 40 All-Stars will be named by the NHL Hockey Operations Department.
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The event will take place on Sunday, Jan. 31 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, home of the Predators. Puck drop is at 4 p.m. CT on NBCSN.
To submit your ballot, click here. Voting ends on Jan. 1.
On the latest Blackhawks Talk Podcast, Adam Burish and Pat Boyle discuss which Blackhawks could be on the trading block and what players are building blocks for the Hawks future.
Burish also shares a couple memorable trade deadline days and his “near” return to the Blackhawks in 2012. Plus, he makes his bold trade deadline prediction for the Hawks.
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The Blackhawks have banned the four fans — who were ejected from Saturday's game against the Washington Capitals for their racist remarks towards Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly — from future home games.
On Monday, a Blackhawks spokesperson released this statement:
We have contacted the select individuals involved in the incident on Saturday to notify them that they are no longer welcome at our home games. Racist comments and other inappropriate behavior are not tolerated by the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Blackhawks also wanted to remind fans that they can alert security at the United Center by texting the following to 69050: UCASSIST <SPACE> followed by the seating section, row and a brief description of the issue.