The Internet enforcers can rest.
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.
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.