NHL puts ‘John Scott Rule’ in place for All-Star fan vot­ing

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS -

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

The league on Mon­day an­nounced new fan vot­ing rules that dis­qual­ify play­ers from be­ing named All-Star cap­tains 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 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 All-Star Week­end in Los An­ge­les.

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