NEW YORK (November 30, 2015) –The 2016 NHL All-Star Fan Vote™ opens worldwide on Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 12 p.m. ETat NHL.com/Vote and hockey fans will determine the four All-Star captains for the 2016 Honda NHL® All-Star Game onSunday, Jan. 31 (5 p.m. ET, NBCSN, Sportsnet, TVA Sports).
As part of the new format for the 2016 Honda NHL® 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. Fans will cast votes online atNHL.com/Vote and via a mobile ballot for one player from each Division, without regard to position. Voting concludes Friday, Jan. 1, with the top vote-getters by division – regardless of position – named All-Stars and captains. The remaining 40 NHL All-Stars will be named by the NHL Hockey Operations Department.
The ballot will include enhanced interactive features, all designed to simplify the player search options for fans, including filtering and sorting by real-time statistics, position, team and a player’s trending status. Each player ballot page will include video highlights and player statistics. Fans will be permitted to select as few as one player and a maximum of four players per ballot. The maximum number of ballots cast per day for each user is 10.
The ballot page at NHL.com/Vote will include a leaderboard of the top vote-getters, as well as trending players. Vote totals will be posted to NHL.com every Tuesday, starting Dec. 8.
How to vote:
· Broadband and tablets: NHL.com/Vote will feature interactive online ballots available in English and French and accessible anywhere in the world.· Mobile users worldwide will be able to cast their votes via a mobile ballot available in English and French using any mobile phone and wireless carrier. The interactive ballot also will be available via the official NHL app for iOS and Androids.· Facebook and Twitter users will be able to share their individual player selections online. Upon submitting a ballot via NHL.com/Vote, fans can send messages inviting others to cast their votes online. Fans also can join the conversation by using the official hashtag #NHLAllStar.
2016 NHL All-Star Fan Vote Sweepstakes
Eligible residents of the 50 U.S. states and Canada who vote online at NHL.com/Vote can enter for a chance to win one Grand Prize: a trip for two to attend the 2016 Honda® NHL All-Star festivities in Nashville. There is no purchase necessary to enter or win. For sweepstakes rules, visit NHL.com/Vote.
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Now that the official presser is out of the way, it's time to talk the fun stuff: I know lots of people hate the All-Star game for all sorts of reasons. I personally think it's great that they're throwing fans a bone by allowing some form of voting, but by severely limiting it because let's face it, fan votes are just asking for trouble.
With that in mind, if you want to play it straight and vote a Red Wing into the All-Star game as the Atlantic Division Team captain, you're going to have to pick just one guy and work together. The other teams fans are going to have their own favorite sons to pick from and we don't need Red Wings players stealing votes from another.
Alternately, we could follow that PPP article linked and try something ridiculous, like voting for Frank Corrado or Luke Glendening. Ultimately it doesn't really matter. The Red Wings are guaranteed to have at least one representative at the ASG by rule. I'm guessing either Dylan Larkin or Pavel Datsyuk based on fan popularity, though Petr Mrazek could find his way in now that Carey Price's injury is expected to last until just prior to the break.
Who will you be voting for? let us know!