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2011 NHL All-Star Game - Presented by Discover

Crosby, Letang, Price still lead All-Star fan balloting

Tuesday, 12.14.2010 / 1:00 PM / 2011 NHL All-Star Game - Presented by Discover

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

The NHL standings are not the only place the Pittsburgh Penguins are doing well -- their players are flying up the vote list for the 2011 All-Star Game presented by Discover.

In the most recent fan balloting results, two Penguins lead their positions -- Sidney Crosby at forward and Kris Letang on defense -- with another, goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, jumping up to No. 2 at his.

Crosby, with 410,754 votes, holds a commanding lead in overall votes as well as leading his position, with the Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews and the Lightning's Steven Stamkos in second and third, respectively. Letang and the Blackhawks' Duncan Keith are the top two among defensemen, and the Canadiens Carey Price continues to lead all goaltenders.

Battalion tests events for NHLSuperSkills Competition

Wednesday, 12.08.2010 / 8:47 PM / 2011 NHL All-Star Game - Presented by Discover

Bob Condor - Editor-in-Chief

BRAMPTON, Ont. — A Brampton Battalion roster with two NHL Entry Draft choices and a dozen more players hoping to get a League call someday -- perhaps as soon as next June -- took a jumpstart on the ultimate dream Wednesday.
That's when NHL great Brendan Shanahan showed up at the Ontario Hockey League junior team's home arena to test out the events for the upcoming 2011 Honda/NHL SuperSkills Competition Jan. 29 in Raleigh. Shanahan and officials from the NHL's Events and Hockey Operations departments put the Battalion players through the paces of six events, including a new skills challenge relay and proposed participation by goalies in both fastest skater and accuracy shooting competitions.
"We learned a lot," said Shanahan, NHL vice president of hockey and business operations. "The Brampton players even held their own draft (mimicking what the NHL players will do during the All-Star weekend]. They got into it."

Raleigh to host NHL Fan Fair as part of ASG festivities

Fans of all ages treated to interactive activities & appearances

Wednesday, 12.08.2010 / 4:51 PM / 2011 NHL All-Star Game - Presented by Discover

NEW YORKNHL Fan Fair™, the official NHL fan festival for the 2011 NHL® All-Star Weekend, will come to the Raleigh Convention Center, January 28 to 30, the National Hockey League (NHL) announced today.  Occupying more than 150,000 square feet of the Raleigh Convention Center in downtown Raleigh, NHL Fan Fair will offer hockey fans of all ages three fun-filled days of interactive games and attractions, special appearances, trophy and memorabilia displays, live TV and radio broadcasts, pin trading and trading card zones, music, food, official NHL All-Star merchandise and dozens of other dynamic activities. Tickets for NHL Fan Fair are available for purchase starting today via Ticketmaster and at various locations throughout Raleigh.

Letang new leader among All-Star defensemen

Tuesday, 12.07.2010 / 5:10 PM / 2011 NHL All-Star Game - Presented by Discover

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

It didn't bother Kris Letang that he wasn't among the 100 players on the ballot for the 2011 All-Star Game presented by Discover. It does seem to have bothered fans, who have written Letang's name on their ballots 210,807 times, most among all defensemen and second among all players.

"It means a lot," Letang told the team's website in regards to the recognition. "I know we have the greatest fans in hockey in Pittsburgh. Just to have them on your side and pushing on your back, it's big. You feel very comfortable."

He's certainly looked comfortable on the ice. With Sergei Gonchar leaving this past summer, Letang has assumed his role as the Penguins' top defenseman. He's fifth in the League with 21 assists and second among all defensemen with 26 points. He also has 5 goals and a plus-15 rating. And he's done it while averaging 22:56 per game, second on the team and the most in his career.

Write-in votes powering Letang, Price to top spots

Tuesday, 12.07.2010 / 2:42 PM / 2011 NHL All-Star Game - Presented by Discover

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

The voices of NHL fans across the world continue to be heard, as they have used their own choice in many cases to determine just what players are worthy of All-Star consideration.

Of the more than 8.36 million votes so far, an enormous amount have been cast for players not listed on the original 100-person ballot. In fact, two of the top three vote-getters after three weeks of voting are write-in candidates.

Penguins defenseman Kris Letang rocketed from fourth among defenseman last week to first, and second among all vote-getters with 210,807. That's a 95,000-vote jump in the span of a week -- not that Letang doesn't deserve it.

Letang leads ASG d-men; Sid still top vote-getter

Tuesday, 12.07.2010 / 1:00 PM / 2011 NHL All-Star Game - Presented by Discover

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

NHL fans have taken notice of Kris Letang's sensational start to the season, and have rewarded the Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman with a rocket-ride up the All-Star voting standings.

Letang, whose 26 points are second among all NHL defensemen, has jumped to first in All-Star fan balloting among blueliners for the 2011 All-Star Game presented by Discover, moving past a pair of future Hall of Famers and the defending Norris Trophy winner in the process.

Letang picked up nearly 95,000 votes in a week to move from fourth to first, passing the Flyers' Chris Pronger, the Red Wings' Nicklas Lidstrom and the Blackhawks' Duncan Keith in the process. Letang's 210,807 votes are second among all players.

Fans go out of their way for Giroux, Letang, others

Tuesday, 11.30.2010 / 4:33 PM / 2011 NHL All-Star Game - Presented by Discover

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

The 100 players named to the 2011 All-Star Game ballot for fan voting all were worthy of the spot. However, some fans opted to go off the radar, so to speak, to find their own All-Stars.

Some of the top vote-getters two weeks into the All-Star fan balloting were not listed on the ballot, which shows the depth of the passion and knowledge of the fans who have cast many of the 6.11 million votes for write-in candidates.

The biggest position affected by the write-in vote is goaltender, where the top two choices are not on the ballot.

The Canadiens' Carey Price leads all goaltenders with 145,726 votes. That number tops all write-in recipients and puts him second only to Sidney Crosby among all players. 

Sid leads all players, with Ovi fourth among forwards

Monday, 11.29.2010 / 5:51 PM / 2011 NHL All-Star Game - Presented by Discover

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

If popularity can be judged solely by the All-Star voting totals, there might not be a more beloved player in the League than Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby.

Crosby, who entered the week with a League-best 40 points, is the runaway leader in All-Star fan balloting, with 218,791 votes. He's the first player in the League with more than 200,000 votes.

The 2011 NHL All-Star Game Presented by Discover will feature the Ultimate Fantasy Draft this year, where the All-Stars will pick their own teams from a pool of 42 players. Fans can vote six players into that pool: The top three forwards, two defenseman and goaltender from fan balloting will be guaranteed a roster spot at this year's game, which will be hosted by the Carolina Hurricanes.

Currently leading the forward race are Crosby, the Lightning's Steven Stamkos and the Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews. The Blackhawks' Duncan Keith and the Flyers' Chris Pronger are the top two defensemen, and the Canadiens' Carey Price leads all goaltenders in voting that runs until Jan. 3, 2011.

Crosby tops vote getters in early All-Star returns

Tuesday, 11.23.2010 / 2:15 PM / 2011 NHL All-Star Game - Presented by Discover

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

Sidney Crosby is on pace for his best season ever and the fans are noticing.

Crosby leads all vote getters in the NHL All-Star Fan Balloting Presented by XM with 118,755 votes. Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith is second with 82,968. Nicklas Lidstrom (80,723), Alex Ovechkin (80,169) and Jonathan Toews (79,953) round out the top vote getters with more than 3.62 million votes already cast.

Montreal's Carey Price leads in the goalie category with 71,199 write-in votes. Flyers rookie Sergei Bobrovsky is second behind Price among netminders with 58,101 write-in votes.

Voting continues through Jan. 3. The 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover will take place Jan. 30 in Raleigh, N.C., and the three forwards, two defensemen and one goalie with the most votes in their respective categories will be named the first All-Stars. The NHL Hockey Operations Department will select the remaining 36 players for the game.

Staal hoping for All-Star hometown greeting

Monday, 11.15.2010 / 2:33 PM / 2011 NHL All-Star Game - Presented by Discover

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

Carolina Hurricanes captain Eric Staal is holding out hope he'll have an opportunity to be introduced to a capacity crowd at RBC Center in Raleigh when the 2011 All-Star Game presented by Discover is held Jan. 30.

"It's exciting for the fans and for me. I want to make sure I'm playing well enough to be in that game," Staal, who has 6 goals and a team-leading 17 points, told "I know having played in previous All-Star Games and playing in those cities, how the fans get behind their own player. I want that to happen for me here; that would be a lot of fun. For our fans to experience the whole event and see the talent in the League, all together at once, is pretty cool."

Staal discussed this year's All-Star Game format on NHL Live! on Monday. The new format for this year's All-Star Game will have captains for each side selecting from a pool of players chosen by a combination of fan balloting and the NHL Hockey Operations Department.

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