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2017 NHL All-Star Fan Voting Opens December 1st

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League keeps controversial fan ballot after John Scott rollercoster.

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Fan-voting will open tomorrow for the 2017 NHL All-Star Game, and we wait for the internet hive-mind to decide which 4th liner gets the John Scott treatment next year. From the League’s official press release:

“For the second straight year, 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 at NHL.com/vote and via the NHL App for one player from each Division, without regard to position. Voting concludes at 11:59 p.m. ET on Monday, Jan. 2, with the top vote-getters by division – regardless of position – named All-Stars and captains.

The ballot will include a streamlined site to simplify the fan experience. Eligible players can be easily searched for, and re-voting is as easy as one-click. 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 24-hour period for each fan is 10. The ballot page at NHL.com/vote will include a leaderboard of the top vote-getters, which will be updated every Tuesday. “

The NHL still managed to add some caveats to prevent more John Scott-style shenanigans, but they only seem to exclude players not currently on an active roster, so players like Steve Ott are still in the mix. I think the Gametime community ought to get on the #Fabbri4ASG bandwagon and vote the kid in, he’s having a great season so far.