NEW YORK (December 5, 2007) – The Detroit Red Wings have three of the four top spots among all Western Conference vote-getters in the XM / NHL All-Star Fan Balloting, Presented by 2K Sports. Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom holds onto the lead in the West for the consecutive week with 246,144 votes while forwards Henrik Zetterberg (175,270) and Pavel Datsyuk (134,661) are second and fourth, respectively. Calgary Flames defenseman Dion Phaneuf continues to occupy the third spot with 170,477 votes. More than 6.48 million votes have been cast in the all-digital voting program.
Among Avalanche players, Joe Sakic ranks fourth among Western conference forwards, followed by Paul Stastny
(9th), Ryan Smyth (17th) and Milan Hejduk
(23rd). Scott Hannan ranks seventh among defensemen.
The voting will determine the starting lineups for the 2008 NHL All-Star Game, which will be played on Sunday, Jan. 27 in Atlanta (6 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.
Rounding out the top 10 in votes are forward Jarome Iginla (124,337) of the Calgary Flames; goaltenders Roberto Luongo (121,008) of the Vancouver Canucks and Pascal Leclaire (116,747) of the Columbus Blue Jackets; defenseman Chris Pronger (109,755) of the Anaheim Ducks; and forwards Joe Sakic (98,026) of the Colorado Avalanche and Mike Cammalleri (94,187) of the Los Angeles Kings.
Through Jan. 2, fans around the world can go online at NHL.com to “Vote Now, Vote Often” for the Eastern and Western Conference All-Star starters for the 2008 NHL All-Star Game. U.S. fans also can cast votes through Verizon Wireless Mobile Web 2.0-enabled phones.
On NHL.com, the XM/NHL All-Star Fan Balloting, Presented by 2K Sports section features an interactive ballot, showcasing players with video clips, photos and virtual video game highlights created from in-game NHL® 2K8 footage. Residents of the United States and Canada who vote are able to register for a chance to win a variety of daily prizes, including XM XpressRC radios with three months of free service, 2K Sports games, autographed 2008 NHL All-Star jerseys and shop.NHL.com gift certificates.
One grand-prize winner will receive a trip for two to attend the 2008 NHL All-Star Game as guests of XM. The winner will watch the game in a private suite with former NHL players. Additionally, each registered voter will automatically qualify to receive a 14-day free trial of XM Radio Online.
Verizon Wireless customers can vote and can register for the sweepstakes by voting using their Mobile Web 2.0-enabled phones. The process is simple: launch the Mobile Web browser, select Sports, select NHL Mobile and then select All-Star Balloting. To vote, follow the instructions on the screen.
The 2008 NHL All-Star Weekend in Atlanta will feature live national broadcasts of the Dodge/NHL SuperSkills event on Saturday, Jan. 26 and the NHL All-Star Game on Sunday, Jan. 27 on VERSUS in the United States and CBC and RDS in Canada. NASN and other international broadcasters will provide live coverage of both the Dodge/NHL SuperSkills event and the NHL All-Star Game to more than 115 countries and territories in Europe. NHL RADIO on Westwood One will provide exclusive, national radio coverage which can be heard on stations around the United States and Canada as well as on XM Satellite Radio's NHL Home Ice and NHL.com.
XM / NHL All-Star Fan Balloting, Presented by 2K Sports
(as of 12/3/07)
Player NHL Club Votes
Henrik Zetterberg Detroit 175,270
Pavel Datsyuk Detroit 134,661
Jarome Iginla Calgary 124,337
Joe Sakic Colorado 98,026
Mike Cammalleri Los Angeles 94,187
Joe Thornton San Jose 77,960
Jonathan Cheechoo San Jose 73,908
Rick Nash Columbus 69,242
Ryan Getzlaf Anaheim 68,384
Marian Gaborik Minnesota 64,637
Jason Arnott Nashville 63,717
Mike Modano Dallas 49,325
Paul Kariya St. Louis 41,236
Anze Kopitar Los Angeles 38,784
Shane Doan Phoenix 36,926
Ryan Smyth Colorado 26,862
Markus Naslund Vancouver 26,568
Ales Hemsky Edmonton 25,490
Martin Havlat Chicago 23,424
Henrik Sedin Vancouver 23,055
Daniel Sedin Vancouver 22,240
Andy McDonald Anaheim 17,915
Patrick Marleau San Jose 17,248
Keith Tkachuk St. Louis 16,563
Brian Rolston Minnesota 14,972
Daymond Langkow Calgary 14,443
*Patrick Kane Chicago 11,418
Brenden Morrow Dallas 10,907
David Legwand Nashville 6,723
Nicklas Lidstrom Detroit 246,144
Dion Phaneuf Calgary 170,477
Chris Pronger Anaheim 109,755
Rob Blake Los Angeles 92,724
Francois Beauchemin Anaheim 85,517
Brian Rafalski Detroit 66,336
Scott Hannan Colorado 51,051
Sheldon Souray Edmonton 48,975
Sergei Zubov Dallas 47,344
Ed Jovanovski Phoenix 46,262
Mattias Ohlund Vancouver 43,297
Lubomir Visnovsky Los Angeles 31,279
Robyn Regehr Calgary 19,293
Roberto Luongo Vancouver 121,008
Pascal Leclaire Columbus 116,747
Dominik Hasek Detroit 58,907
Niklas Backstrom Minnesota 47,727
Miikka Kiprusoff Calgary 44,711
Evgeni Nabokov San Jose 28,876
Nikolai Khabibulin Chicago 27,078
Marty Turco Dallas 23,114