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Vote For Your Avalanche All Stars

by Staff Writer / Colorado Avalanche
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 and through Bell Canada cell phones.

Fans can vote at by clicking on this link here:

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.

Player NHL Club Votes
Joe Thornton San Jose
Joe Sakic Colorado 431,961
Jonathan Cheechoo San Jose 407,366
Patrick Marleau San Jose 394,710
Jarome Iginla Calgary 346,067
Markus Naslund Vancouver 314,742
Teemu Selanne Anaheim 296,048
Martin Havlat Chicago 280,658
Daniel Sedin Vancouver 264,880
Henrik Sedin Vancouver 264,779
Brenden Morrow Dallas 254,666
Mike Modano Dallas 230,736
Paul Kariya Nashville 175,767
Ryan Smyth Edmonton 160,923
Brian Rolston Minnesota 134,561
Pavel Datsyuk Detroit 133,878
Petr Sykora Edmonton 133,065
Henrik Zetterberg Detroit 122,150
Rick Nash Columbus 119,434
Ales Hemsky Edmonton 116,827
Marian Gaborik Minnesota 115,974
Andy McDonald Anaheim 105,287
Milan Hejduk Colorado 98,426
Milan Michalek San Jose 96,088
Steve Sullivan Nashville 85,517
Pavol Demitra Minnesota 84,334
Ladislav Nagy Phoenix 80,246
Doug Weight St. Louis 78,932
Shane Doan Phoenix 75,893
Keith Tkachuk St. Louis 70,991

Player NHL Club Votes
Scott Niedermayer Anaheim 540,380
Nicklas Lidstrom Detroit 522,345
Rory Fitzpatrick Vancouver 486,842
Chris Pronger Anaheim 389,342
Dion Phaneuf Calgary 359,071
Scott Hannan San Jose 357,619
Mattias Ohlund Vancouver 297,307
John-Michael Liles Colorado 215,450
Robyn Regehr Calgary 209,018
Sergei Zubov Dallas 202,685
Matthieu Schneider Detroit 170,675
Rob Blake Los Angeles 163,659
Lubomir Visnovsky Los Angeles 162,350

Player                                          NHL Club      Votes
Roberto Luongo Vancouver 438,155
Mikka Kiprusoff Calgary  367,242
Marty Turco Dallas  333,443
Jean-Sebastien Giguere Anaheim  249,643
Dwayne Roloson Edmonton  199,563
Nikolai Khabibulin Chicago  135,419
Vesa Toskala San Jose  125,820
Thomas Vokoun Nashville  118,633
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