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2011 NHL All-Star Game - Presented by Discover

Hawks' popularity revealed in All-Star voting results

Tuesday, 01.04.2011 / 12:57 PM / 2011 NHL All-Star Game - Presented by Discover

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

More than six months after they won the Stanley Cup, the Chicago Blackhawks remain an extremely popular team.

Nine Blackhawks players placed in the top 20 in their respective positions, the leading totals among the teams.

Team captain Jonathan Toews was the leader among the Chicago group, finishing second among all forwards and fourth among all players.

Teammate Patrick Kane was fifth among forwards, Marian Hossa was 11th and Patrick Sharp, third in the League with 23 goals, was 20th.

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All-Star Fantasy Draft pool to be announced Jan. 11

Tuesday, 01.04.2011 / 12:32 PM / 2011 NHL All-Star Game - Presented by Discover

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Now that we know who you like the most, it's time for the NHL to figure out the rest of the puzzle that ultimately will be put together in Raleigh, N.C., later this month.

Thirty-six additional players will be selected by the NHL's Hockey Operations Department to join Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang and Marc-Andre Fleury of the Pittsburgh Penguins, and Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks in the Honda NHL SuperSkills and the 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover. They will be unveiled Jan. 11.

Twelve rookies that will participate with the NHL All-Stars in the SuperSkills competition will also be unveiled that day.

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Fans vote Crosby, Malkin, Toews, Letang, Keith and Fleury the first six All-Stars for the 2011 All-Star Game presented by Discover

NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft show format unveiled

Tuesday, 01.04.2011 / 12:05 PM / 2011 NHL All-Star Game - Presented by Discover

NHL.com

NEW YORK -- Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang and Marc-Andre Fleury of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks are the six players selected as NHL® All-Stars via 2011 NHL All-Star Fan Balloting presented by XM, the National Hockey League announced today.  Each is scheduled to appear in the 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover as well as the Honda NHL SuperSkills® in Raleigh (Jan. 29-30).

At the close of the 2011 NHL All-Star Fan Balloting presented by XM at 11:59 p.m. ET on Monday, more than 14.3 million total votes were registered.  Crosby was the top-voted player with 635,509 total votes and first forward named to the 2011 All-Star Team; Chicago's Toews tallied 407,676 total votes and Crosby's Pittsburgh teammate Malkin tallied 376,887 to round out the top three forwards.  Pittsburgh's Letang was the top-voted defenseman with 477,960 total votes; he will be joined by fellow defenseman Duncan Keith of Chicago who received 382,162 votes.  Pittsburgh's Marc-Andre Fleury is the first goaltender named to the 2011 All-Star team with a total of 462,305 votes.

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Sid tops list, named one of first six All-Stars

Tuesday, 01.04.2011 / 12:05 PM / 2011 NHL All-Star Game - Presented by Discover

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

The 14 million-plus votes have been counted, and the fans have picked the first six All-Stars selected for the 2011 All-Star Game presented by Discover.

Forwards Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews and Evgeni Malkin; defensemen Kris Letang and Duncan Keith; and goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury are the first players guaranteed spots in the 42-player pool for the NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft powered by Cisco, which will see the All-Stars themselves pick the teams that will take the ice Jan. 30 at the RBC Center in Raleigh, N.C.

Crosby, the Pittsburgh Penguins center, set the pace as the overall vote leader with 633,509 votes. It's a spot well-earned as he leads the League with 32 goals and 65 points, and his 25-game point-scoring streak earlier this season was the longest since Mats Sundin's 30-game streak in the 1992-93 season.

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Fleury passes Price in All-Star fan balloting

Tuesday, 12.28.2010 / 1:00 PM / 2011 NHL All-Star Game - Presented by Discover

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

The march of the Penguins has reached the top of the fan balloting mountain for the 2011 All-Star Game presented by Discover.

Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury added 52,027 votes to his total, pushing him past the Canadiens' Carey Price and into the lead among goaltenders and third in the overall voting, behind teammates Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang.

The top goalie, along with the top three forwards and top two defensemen in fan voting will guarantee themselves spots in the 42-player pool for the Ultimate Fantasy Draft. New for this year's All-Star Game, the players themselves will draft their own teams for the midseason classic, which will be hosted by the Carolina Hurricanes.

Sidney Crosby continues to hold the top spot among forwards, as well as among all players, with 523,822 votes. Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews is No. 2 among forwards, with Evgeni Malkin third. Letang and the Blackhawks' Duncan Keith lead all defensemen.

Fleury's big week saw him open a 2,025-vote lead Price. Part of Fleury's big week were 8,930 text votes -- more than seven times the 1,268 Price received.
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Text voting continues to lift Avery

Tuesday, 12.21.2010 / 5:25 PM / 2011 NHL All-Star Game - Presented by Discover

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Sean Avery might not be a favorite in every market, but fans of the New York Rangers forward certainly would like to see him in Carolina for the 2011 All-Star Game presented by Discover.

More than any player in the League, fans are texting in their votes for Avery. The 72,392 text votes he's received -- including the 26,580 he got this past week -- are the most of any player. And they've pushed his vote total to 129,580 -- 16th among all forwards, placing him ahead of the Flyers' Jeff Carter, the Blackhawks' Patrick Sharp, Alexander Semin of the Capitals and the Canucks' Henrik and Daniel Sedin.

Of Avery's votes, 55.9 percent have come from texts. But he isn't the only player benefiting from that voting method.
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Youngsters moving to top of All-Star voting totals

Tuesday, 12.21.2010 / 3:00 PM / 2011 NHL All-Star Game - Presented by Discover

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

There won't be a YoungStars event at the 2011 All-Star Game presented by Discover, but there certainly will be a ton of young stars at the event.

One common theme in the most recent edition of fan balloting released Tuesday is the relative youth of the players receiving the most votes.

Of the top five goaltenders, three of them are age 25 or younger. Of the top 10 defensemen, five are 25 or younger, and of the top 10 forwards, a remarkable eight are 25 or younger.

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Malkin joins Crosby, Toews among forward leaders

Tuesday, 12.21.2010 / 1:00 PM / 2011 NHL All-Star Game - Presented by Discover

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Evgeni Malkin's return from injury has sparked his growing fan base, as the Pittsburgh Penguins forward has been propelled by fan balloting into a top-three spot among forwards in voting for the 2011 all-Star Game presented by Discover.

Malkin picked up 31,152 votes last week to vault past the Lightning's Steven Stamkos and into third place among forwards. The top three forwards, along with the top two defensemen and No. 1 goaltender will guarantee themselves spots in the 42-player pool for the Ultimate Fantasy Draft. New for this year's All-Star Game, the players will draft their own teams for this year's event, which will be hosted by the Carolina Hurricanes.
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Letang, Avery, LaRose benefitting from text voting

Tuesday, 12.14.2010 / 7:19 PM / 2011 NHL All-Star Game - Presented by Discover

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

With fan balloting for the 2011 All-Star Game by Discover being fully digital, fans are finding new ways to cast their vote for their favorite players.

Rather than sitting in front of a computer and voting, fans have made text voting a major component in this year's fan balloting.

Text voting, in fact, is what has pushed the Penguins' Kris Letang to the top spot among defensemen and given him the second-most votes of all players. Of the 293,584 votes Letang has received, 59,479 have come via text, by the far the most in the League.

By comparison, the three players closest to Letang for the top spot among defensemen -- the Blackhawks' Duncan Keith, the Flyers' Chris Pronger and the Red Wings' Nicklas Lidstrom -- have received a combined two-week text total of 20,972.
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Fans push Penguins to top of All-Star voting charts

Tuesday, 12.14.2010 / 3:51 PM / 2011 NHL All-Star Game - Presented by Discover

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

"It's a great example of the support we get and the great fans we get. I think it's a clear indication, along with a lot of others, including the fact we've been sold out for how many games in a row now. Even outside of Pittsburgh, we go on the road and we see a lot of Pittsburgh fans, too. We're pretty fortunate." -- Sidney Crosby

It wasn't all that long ago that Pittsburgh was about as far from a top hockey market as you could get. The way the current team is playing -- and the way its fans have come out in droves, including a 182-game sell-out streak -- has made it one of the top markets in the League now.

And that ever-growing fan base has been stuffing ballot box for the 2011 All-Star Game presented by Discover, propelling four Penguins into the top 10 in overall voting.

Sidney Crosby, the League's leading scorer, also is the League's leading vote-getter. His 410,754 votes so far have lapped the field -- no other player has more than 300,000 votes.

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