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2015 NHL All-Star Fan Vote opens today

by Staff Writer / Chicago Blackhawks

Enhanced Interactive Ballot to Feature All 700-Plus Active Players

Top Six Vote-Getters by Position Earn Spot in 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game

NEW YORK – When the 2015 NHL All-Star Fan Vote™ presented by SiriusXM opens worldwide Thursday, Nov. 20, online at NHL.com/vote and via mobile phones, the interactive ballot will feature all 700-plus active players in the NHL. Past All-Stars Sidney Crosby, Ryan Miller, Steven Stamkos and Duncan Keith will compete with this season's standouts and potential All-Stars Ryan Johansen, Vladimir Tarasenko, PK Subban and Mark Giordano for spots in the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game® on Sunday, Jan. 25 in Columbus (5pm ET, NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

Fans around the world will be able to vote via interactive online ballots at NHL.com/vote in English, French, German, Czech, Finnish, Russian, Slovak and Swedish and via select languages in the official NHL app for mobile phones. Voting concludes Thursday, Jan. 1, with the top six vote-getters by position – three forwards, two defensemen and one goaltender – set to take part in the 2015 Honda NHL® All-Star Game. The full roster of players will be determined by the National Hockey League.

This year's ballot will include enhanced interactive features, all designed to simplify the player search options for fans, including filtering and sorting by real-time statistics, position, team and a player's trending status. Each player ballot page will include video highlights, player statistics and social media content created by teams and players. Fans will be permitted to select as few as one player for each of the three positions and a maximum of six players per ballot. The maximum number of ballots cast per day for each user is 10.

"The NHL All-Star Game has always been a fan-first event, from the voting process to the fantasy draft to our NHL Fan Fair to the on-ice product," said Brian Jennings, NHL Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. "Opening the pool of players on the ballot will allow our fans to recognize those exceptional players that help make every game enjoyable."

The ballot page at NHL.com/vote will include a leaderboard of the top vote-getters as well as trending players. Vote totals will be posted to NHL.com every Tuesday, starting Nov. 25.

How to vote:

• Broadband and tablets: NHL.com/vote will feature interactive online ballots available in eight languages, accessible anywhere in the world.

• Mobile users worldwide will be able to cast their votes via a mobile ballot available in English, French, Russian and Swedish using any mobile phone and wireless carrier. The interactive ballot also will be available via the official NHL app for iPhones and Androids.

• Facebook and Twitter users will be able to share their individual player selections online. Upon submitting a ballot via NHL.com/vote, fans can send messages inviting others to cast their votes online. Fans also can join the conversation by using the official hashtag #NHLAllStar.

2015 NHL All-Star Weekend Sweepstakes

Eligible residents of the U.S. and Canada who vote online at NHL.com/vote can enter for a chance to win one grand prize: a trip for two to attend the 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend in Columbus. There is no purchase necessary to enter or win. For sweepstakes rules, visit NHL.com/vote.

Promotional Campaign

The NHL will promote the 2015 NHL All-Star Fan Vote presented by SiriusXM, across its TV, print, online, in-arena, social networking and mobile advertising platforms. Promotional support will be provided by NHL Network™, the SiriusXM NHL Network Radio channel and broadcast partners NBC and Rogers. TV and digital promotional spots in German, Czech, Finnish, Russian, Slovak and Swedish will debut online and during NHL game broadcasts in Europe in the coming weeks.

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