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NHL announces captains for 2016 All-Star Game

Jagr – Ovechkin – Kane – Scott

Jaromir Jagr skates with the puck. (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images)

Jaromir Jagr skates with the puck. (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images)


The National Hockey League announced the captains for the 2016 NHL All Star Game in Nashville, Tennessee.

The captains were chosen by a fan vote on, which ran from December 1 through January 1. Fans were allowed to vote for one to four players, up to 10 times per day.

The top vote getters from each of the four divisions would represent their division in the three-on-three mini tournament. This year the NHL changed the format for the All-Star Game to three 20 minute three-on-three games between the four divisions in the NHL.

The Pacific Division will matchup against the Central Division in one period and in the other the Atlantic Division will battle the Metropolitan Division.

The two winning divisions facing off in the third to decide the winning team. The division that wins the skills competition on Saturday January 30 will be able to choose to faceoff in the first period or the second on Sunday January 31.

Florida Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr received the most votes in the Atlantic Division and will serve as the captain. Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals will represent the Metropolitan Division, while Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks will receive the honor to lead the Central Division and John Scott of the Arizona Coyotes will be the captain for the Pacific Division.

The NHL will choose the remaining 40 players that will compile the rest of the rosters on January 6. Each team will consist of six forwards, three defensemen and two goaltenders. The head coaches will be represented by the coach of each of the first place teams as of January 9.

The 2016 All Star Game will mark the first time that the Nashville Predators and Bridgestone Arena will host the festivities. NBC Sportsnet in the United States and Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada will provide the coverage of the 2016 Honda NHL All Star Skills Competition on Saturday January 30 at 7:00 PM ET and the 2016 Honda NHL All Star Game on Sunday January 31 at 5:00 PM ET.

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