Thanks to the overwhelming support of fan balloting, Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin has been voted captain of the Metropolitan Division for the 2016 NHL All-Star Game on Jan. 31 in Nashville.
Forwards Jaromir Jagr (Atlantic Division) of the Florida Panthers, Patrick Kane (Central Division) of the Chicago Blackhawks and John Scott (Pacific Division) of the Arizona Coyotes also earned enough votes to be named division captains.
Ovechkin, 30, has played in six previous All-Star games. He leads the Capitals and ranks fifth in the NHL with 21 goals.
The remaining 40 players who will comprise the four All-Star rosters – consisting of six forwards, three defensemen and two goaltenders per team – will be determined by the NHL Hockey Operations Department and announced on Wednesday, Jan. 6.
The head coach of the team with the highest points percentage (points earned divided by total possible points) in each of the four divisions through games of Saturday, Jan. 9 – the halfway point of the regular season – will guide the respective All-Star rosters. Since the Caps lead the Metro Division by 11 points, Barry Trotz will guide the Metro Division stars in what promises to be an emotional weekend in Nashville.
As part of the new format for the All-Star Game, the All-Stars will take part in a three-game tournament, played in a 3-on-3 format, and featuring four teams representing each NHL division.
From Dec. 1 through Jan. 1, fans around the world were able to cast their votes at NHL.com/Vote and via a mobile ballot for one player from each of the four divisions, with the top vote-getter for each division earning an All-Star berth as division captain.
Fans were permitted to select as few as one player and a maximum of four players per ballot, without regard to position. The maximum number of ballots cast per day for each user was 10.
The 2016 Honda NHL All-Star celebration will mark the first time Nashville has hosted the NHL All-Star festivities, which will take place at Bridgestone Arena. Live television coverage of the League’s midseason showcase during the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition and 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game will be broadcast by NBCSN.
The 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition will begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 30, and the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game will start at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 31.
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