The NHL officially revealed Wednesday the four rosters that will engage in a unique three-on-three tournament Jan. 31 at the NHL All-Star Game in Nashville, Tennessee.
As announced on NHL.com, the Atlantic, Central, Metropolitan and Pacific divisions will each be represented by 11 players.
Fans elected captains for each division previously, with Florida Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr captaining the Atlantic, Chicago Blackhawks forward and NHL leading scorer Patrick Kane leading the Central, Washington Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin heading the Metropolitan and Arizona Coyotes enforcer John Scott anchoring the Pacific in Cinderella fashion thanks to a successful grassroots campaign.
According to ESPN.com, Scott is excited about the rare opportunity to play amongst the league's top stars:
"At first, it was one of those things that I thought was a joke, but now it happened, so I've kind of got to go with it, have some fun with it and try to do the best I can," Scott said.
The remaining All-Stars were chosen by the league, with six forwards, three defensemen and two goaltenders representing each division, as seen in this rundown of the rosters:
In addition to that, Florida Panthers head coach Gerard Gallant, Dallas Stars head coach Lindy Ruff, Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz and Los Angeles Kings head coach Darryl Sutter were tabbed to coach the Atlantic, Central, Metropolitan and Pacific teams, respectively, based on win percentage.
In an effort to liven up the All-Star festivities and capitalize on the popular new three-on-three overtime system, the league decided to completely overhaul the traditional All-Star Game.
While there is no question that such a huge change is a risk, the new All-Star Game could be a major crowd pleaser with offensive stars such as Steven Stamkos, Jamie Benn, John Tavares and Johnny Gaudreau being afforded so much room to operate.
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