The format of the game may be changing, but there’ll be at least one familiar element to the NHL's 2016 All-Star Weekend at the end of January in Nashville.
The All-Star Fan Vote, which opens on Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 12 p.m. ET at NHL.com/Vote, will allow fans to determine the four All-Star captains who will lead their respective divisions into the new three-game, three-on-three tournament format.
Fans will be permitted to select as few as one player and a maximum of four players per ballot. The maximum number of ballots cast per day for each user is 10, so that means we’re unlikely to see Jordie Benn benefit from a Rory Fitzpatrick-style ballot box stuffing campaign.
Voting concludes on Friday, Jan. 1, with the top vote-getters by division—regardless of position—named All-Stars and captains. That means we could see a goalie—Henrik Lundqvist, maybe?—wearing the C come game time.
The remaining 40 All-Stars will be selected by the NHL Hockey Operations Department.
Check out our initial take on how the rosters might play out here.