Despite pleading with fans to not vote him into the 2016 NHL All-Star Game, Florida Panthers right wing Jaromir Jagr has been voted in as a captain.
Now, the veteran forward finds himself having to go to Nashville, Tennessee, later this month to take part in the festivities. As he recently told reporters, that's not something he is really looking forward to.
The NHL changed the All-Star Game format this season to a three-on-three game. While some of the younger players may like that tweak, the 43-year-old Jagr doesn't think his body can handle it. He even took to Twitter last month to try to get fans to not vote for him for that reason:
Fans-I appreciate your votes for All-Star game, but 3 on 3 would kill me,and i don't want to die yet:)Thank you for understanding. Too old:)— Jaromir Jagr (@68Jagr) December 2, 2015
The fans apparently didn't get the message.
Jagr addressed the situation hours after the captains were revealed, once again expressing concern for his life:
Fans-I was afraid,that 3on3 all-Star game may kill me,now,I am more afraid,fighting John Scott 6,8 300 during All-Star, kill me for sure— Jaromir Jagr (@68Jagr) January 2, 2016
His initial tweet probably worked against him, as it likely led to more votes. That sense of humor is great to see and may have won over some fans.
Jagr had the opportunity after Sunday's 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild to talk about the All-Star selection with reporters, joking that he'd prefer a trip to the Bahamas. There may have been some truth in what he said, but he seemed to still be having a good time with it.
Jagr has helped the Panthers climb atop the Atlantic Division with 13 goals and 15 assists in 36 games this season.