This year’s NHL All-Star Game in Tampa Bay will once again be a 3-on-3 tournament, with each division forming a team. Fans have the opportunity to pick the four division captains through online voting.
Voting opened on Saturday, with a notable omission.
If you were planning on voting for the Vancouver Canucks’ leading scorer, Brock Boeser, you’ll notice that he’s been left off the ballot.
Yes, that’s the same player who is leading all rookies in scoring this season at better than a point-a-game clip. It’s the same player that’s tied with Alex Ovechkin with 25 points.
It’s the same player who fans are designing custom t-shirts for.
There are 26 players from the Pacific Division to choose from. The Canucks have just two players available to vote for in Bo Horvat and Sven Baertschi – tying them with Vegas and Carolina for the fewest in the league.
The Boeser snub is made even more peculiar by the fact that Arizona’s top rookie, Clayton Keller, is on the ballot. Somehow the Coyotes, who are the NHL’s worst team, actually have three players to choose from with Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Max Domi, and Keller.
New Jersey Devils rookie Nico Hischier, who trails Boeser by seven points, is also available to vote for.
You might understand Boeser being left off the ballot due to space constraints, except for the fact that both divisions in the East have extra players (the Atlantic Division has 29 players on the ballot, while the Metropolitan Division has 28).
Here’s a look at the available players to choose from:
You’ll notice that “Other” is an option, as there is an option to vote for Boeser as a write-in candidate. It’ll take a ‘Vote for Rory’ or John Scott type of campaign to get that to work though.