Talk:57th National Hockey League All-Star Game

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Ballot Hacking?[edit]

The following sentence was written as the explanation for why only four teams are represented in the starting line-ups:

Of the starters, only two teams were represented in each conference: Montreal Canadiens and Pittsburgh Penguins in the East, and Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks in the West, due to online ballot hacking by fans of these four teams.

I deleted everything after the comma. First of all, if there were really "hacking", I'd think that perhaps someone somewhere would have heard of it, in which case there ought to be a reference. I'm not able to find a reference, so I've removed it, as to me it simply sounds like the person who wrote it is being a sore loser. I won't object to seeing it restored if someone can find a reference to support the accusation. 76.93.41.50 (talk) 20:43, 21 January 2009 (UTC)

Montreal Gazette's website has 2 stories: [1], [2]
This link about Pittsburgh talks about it, and links to the discussion board where they show how it's done: [3]
Feel free to put the line back in now, at least for those 2 teams. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 99.237.126.240 (talk) 23:39, 25 January 2009 (UTC)

Whether or not there was any "hacking", there has been plenty of press regarding the state of the balloting process. It would be a disservice if it was not mentioned and handled in similar fashion to 55th_National_Hockey_League_All-Star_Game#Rory_Fitzpatrick_voting_campaign. ccwaters (talk) 14:40, 27 January 2009 (UTC)

Absentee Punishment[edit]

Is any of this true? Grsz11 04:32, 24 January 2009 (UTC)

Wow, I guess it is. What a joke. Grsz11 04:34, 24 January 2009 (UTC)
Yeah - it's quite ridiculous. Anyways, relating to the article, the name of this section isn't the greatest. Any ideas on what to change it to? - Rjd0060 (talk) 04:41, 24 January 2009 (UTC)
I'm not sure, maybe just "Suspensions". Grsz11 04:42, 24 January 2009 (UTC)
It's a rule that has been approved last year to discourage healthy players from not attending the All-Star Game. The reason is that fans have the "right" to see the most successfull NHL players at the All-Star Game, to have a great show. Briefly, this rule is for the "fan satisfaction". The only reason you can be absent for the All-Star Game (when you have been chosen) is an injury (like Sidney Crosby). I don't think it's ridiculous, as they must at least respect NHL fans. Here are some sources about that: "Lidstrom, Datsyuk to pay for all-star no-show" on CBC Sports. "Datsyuk et Lidstrom sont réprimandés" on RDS. Have a nice day! Jimmy Lavoie × Vive le Québec! talk 19:34, 24 January 2009 (UTC)