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by The Upper Canadien on 10/12/10 at 05:06 PM ET
Interesting news out of Montreal today, as Bell Canada and the Montreal Canadiens have combined forces to allow Canadiens fans to vote for the three stars of each game. The longstanding tradition was to have a member of the media select the three stars, and while their choices were often debated, I’m not sure having the fans select the three stars is the best way to go.
Why could this be a bad idea? Well, Canadiens fans stuffed the ballots for the all star game two years ago, selecting players who did not deserve to be there, let alone in the starting lineup (that’s right Mike Komisarek, I’m talking about you). Now, we may see a repeat of that after every game at the Bell Centre.
Certainly, this is a great way to involve the fans. An app for voting will be available on Blackberry and Android phones as of tomorrow; an iPhone app follows later this month. It really is great to see the NHL embracing new technology and trying to engage its fan base. For that, I applaud the Montreal Canadiens (and Bell, despite my phone bill last month).
However, the results could clearly be skewed by fans pulling together to vote for favourites. The one place the voting will have a lasting impact? Each three star selection counts towards the Molson Cup, a monthly trophy awarded by the Montreal Canadiens. The winner at the end of the year is then awarded the title of Habs player of the year.
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