Vote For Your Avalanche All Stars
Tuesday, 12.26.2006 / 10:00 PM MT / News
Avalanche captain Joe Sakic trails only San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton among all Western Conference forwards in NHL All-Star Fan Balloting with 431,961 votes. Thornton leads all vote-getters with 614,753 tallies.
The voting will determine the starting lineups for the 2007 NHL All-Star Game, which will be played on Wednesday, Jan. 24, in Dallas (8 p.m. ET, VERSUS, CBC, RDS, NASN, NHL Radio). Fans can vote for six Eastern Conference All-Stars and six Western Conference All-Stars: three forwards, two defensemen and one goaltender for each team. If a player is not listed on the ballot, a space is provided for write-in votes. The three forwards, two defensemen and one goaltender from each Conference receiving the most votes will comprise the starting lineups. Each of the 30 NHL Clubs has at least two representatives on the ballot.
Scott Niedermayer of the Anaheim Ducks (540,380) and Nicklas Lidstrom (522,345) lead all defensemen in votes. The front-runners among forwards in votes are Thornton (614,753), Sakic (431,961) and Thornton's teammate, Jonathan Cheechoo (407,366). Vancouver Canucks netminder Roberto Luongo tops goaltenders in votes with 438,155.
Through Jan. 2, fans around the world can "CLICK TO VOTE" for the Eastern and Western Conference All-Star starters for the 2007 NHL All-Star Game on-line at NHL.com and through Bell Canada cell phones.
Fans can vote at NHL.com by clicking on this link here: http://www.nhl.com/allstarballot/index.html
The 2007 NHL All-Star Celebration hosted at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas will feature live national broadcasts of the Dodge Nitro/NHL SuperSkills event on Tuesday, Jan. 23 and the NHL All-Star Game on Wednesday, Jan. 24 on VERSUS in the United States and CBC and RDS in Canada starting at 8 p.m., ET. NASN, the NHL's exclusive broadcast partner in Europe, will provide live coverage of both the Dodge Nitro/NHL SuperSkills event and the NHL All-Star Game to more than 25 countries and territories in Europe. NHL RADIO on Westwood One will provide exclusive, national radio coverage in the United States and Canada, while Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio each will provide radio play-by-play coverage of the game.
Listed below are the leading vote getters as of December 11.
|Joe Thornton||San Jose||
|Jonathan Cheechoo||San Jose||407,366|
|Patrick Marleau||San Jose||394,710|
|Milan Michalek||San Jose||96,088|
|Doug Weight||St. Louis||78,932|
|Keith Tkachuk||St. Louis||70,991|
|Scott Hannan||San Jose||357,619|
|Rob Blake||Los Angeles||163,659|
|Lubomir Visnovsky||Los Angeles||162,350|
Player NHL Club Votes
|Vesa Toskala||San Jose||125,820|