On Thursday morning, the NHL announced that Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews will be forced to sit out the first game after the All-Star Break because he has elected to not participate in the charade in Nashville.
From the statement:
Per League rules, a player who is named to the NHL All-Star Game and does not participate shall be suspended for one regular-season game – either the game immediately preceding or following the NHL All-Star Game. Ovechkin will miss the Capitals’ game on Feb. 2 against the Florida Panthers, while Toews will miss the Blackhawks’ game on Feb. 2 at the Colorado Avalanche.
Statement from Blackhawks Head Team Physician Michael Terry:
“Jonathan will not participate in the 2016 NHL All-Star Weekend in Nashville. He was pulled from Tuesday night’s third period because of an illness and remains symptomatic today. At this time, rest over the break is most important for him to properly recover and be fully healthy heading into the rest of the regular season.”
Obviously Toews being healthy is more important than the 3-on-3 skills competition this weekend.