The Internet enforcers can rest.

The NHL has officially announced fan vote winner John Scott, will Captain the Pacific Division of the All-Star game despite his trade to Montreal last week.

Shortly after fan vote captains were announced, and the nontraditional choice Scott led the Pacific, he was part of a three team trade (his team, the Coyotes, the All-Star host Nashville Predators who voiced their distaste for his selection, and the Montreal Canadiens) that made fans and media question his eligibility.

Highly skilled John Scott tries to pick up his first fight

Highly skilled John Scott tries to pick up his first fight

A #FreeJohnScott campaign then took over social media .

The NHL has finally spoken

According to an NHL press release:

Scott, elected to the Pacific Division captaincy in fan voting while a member of the Arizona Coyotes, was traded Friday to the Montreal Canadiens of the Atlantic Division. The resultant change in division, and Scott’s subsequent assignment to the American Hockey League, created a unique circumstance that required review – the result of which was a determination to maintain the status quo for the All-Star weekend in order to preserve all parties’ pre-existing expectations, including Scott’s desire to participate.

 

“I am looking forward to enjoying a fun and unique experience at All-Star Weekend in Nashville with my family,” Scott said. “While being voted to the All-Star Game by the fans was not something I expected to happen, I am excited to participate in the All-Star events with my fellow players.”

The Pink Puck will be bringing you full NHL All Star coverage from Nashville later this month.

 

Carly Mullady grew up needing to know more about icing than its deliciousness on cupcakes. She's the lone daughter of four children, with a father who was among the last cut from the Midwest tryouts for the 1980 Miracle on Ice Olympic team. And she knows very little matches the thrill that happens from puck-drop to handshakes. A rink didn’t return to her hometown until she was gone, but she’s been able to see two younger brothers on the ice. She's their feistiest fan. Her other hockey loyalty lies with the Blackhawks--whether it's meant seeing games for $8 with student IDs when the Madhouse didn’t have much of a temper at all, or dancing to Chelsea Dagger at standing room only--there’s something magical about a roaring anthem, the Indianhead sweater, and the Original Six. A former journalist and current editor, she carries a penchant for excitement (and maybe even fighting) with a resume that includes working for Chicago-area newspapers, and television, including The Jerry Springer Show, as well as NBCUniversal in New York. After East Coast living and a return to the Chicago area, the new Mrs. is giving Graceland a go with her Southern Gent, who now shares her adoration of the game, and their rescue dog, Doc Holliday. Other interests include Cubs, Bears, Illini, Crimson Tide, Pumpkin Spice Lattes, baking a mean pineapple upside-down cake, Kate Spade accessories, and a properly coordinated cardigan for every ensemble.

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