The 2016 NHL All-Star Game will be known as the year of John Scott. The 6-foot-8 pugilist was voted captain of the Pacific Division All-Star team by fans just one year after scoring a career-high three goals.
Not only did fans vote in an enforcer, the NHL asked him not to play. He said he’s playing. That was before he was traded and reassigned to the AHL. Now he's captaining a division he doesn't play for, in a league he's not playing in.
This will make for some odd comparisons, like that he'll have played in as many, if not more, All-Star Games than the following players.
Often regarded as the best hockey player on the planet, Crosby isn’t in the All-Star Game this year, and has only played once before. That’s largely due to injuries. He's been selected a total of five times, but only played in his sophomore season.
Makarov came to the NHL as an established international superstar when he was 31, becoming the oldest player to ever win the Calder Trophy for rookie of the year. In 2008, he was named to the six-player IIHF Centennial team, naming a single line of the best players in the history of the game. He never played in an All-Star Game.
A force for 21 seasons, he earned a Conn Smythe for playoff MVP, won four Stanley Cups, ranked 99th all-time in even strength goals, 85th all-time in game-winning goals, and never played in a single All-Star Game.
The Red Wings captain is a member of the elusive Triple Gold club, capturing gold in both the World Championships and Olympics, as well as a winning a Stanley Cup in the same year he won the Conn Smythe. He was voted into the All-Star Game once, but didn't play due to injury.
Smith had a decorated career with a Vezina trophy for best goaltender, a Conn Smythe, a Jennings Award, a First Team All-Star selection, and four straight Stanley Cup wins with the Islanders. He’s a Hall of Famer and tied for fourth all-time in postseason wins. All-Star Game selections: one.
He's won the Vezina, had the league’s best save percentage, and has been an NHL First-Team All-Star. Yet, he’s not even like Zetterberg or Crosby, who missed All-Star Games due to injury. Rask hasn’t been voted into the All-Star game even once.
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