NEW YORK (November 29, 2006) - Anaheim Ducks defenseman Scott Niedermayer remains atop the leader board among Western Conference vote-getters with 233,522 votes in COLD-fX/NHL All-Star Fan Balloting, Presented by 2K Sports.
Fellow defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings moved into second with 214,789 votes. More than 6.5 million votes have been cast in the first 12 days of the all-digital voting program, surpassing total voting results in the entire 2003-04 voting period by approximately 10 percent.
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.
Niedermayer and Lidstrom lead all defensemen in votes. The front-runners among forwards in votes are Joe Sakic of the Colorado Avalanche (184,017), Martin Havlat of the Chicago Blackhawks (136,801) and Brenden Morrow of the Dallas Stars (131,107). Morrow's teammate, Marty Turco, tops goaltenders in votes with 158,417.
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 NHL.com, through Bell Canada cell phones and via Sympatico.MSN.ca, the official portal of the NHL in Canada.
The COLD-fX/NHL All-Star Fan Balloting, Presented by 2K Sports section on NHL.com features an interactive ballot that showcases players with video clips, photos and virtual video game highlights created by 2K Sports. Residents of the United States and Canada who vote will be able to register for a chance to win a trip for two to the 2007 NHL All-Star Game. As part of the sweepstakes, sponsored by COLD-fX, NHL great and 16-time All-Star Mark Messier will meet the winner and a guest at the NHL All-Star Game.
The 2007 NHL All-Star Celebration, hosted by the American Airlines Center 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 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.
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COLD-fX/NHL All-Star Fan Balloting, Presented by 2K Sports
(as of 11/27/06)
Player NHL Club Votes
Joe Sakic Colorado 184,017
Martin Havlat Chicago 136,801
Brenden Morrow Dallas 131,107
Joe Thornton San Jose 116,130
Jarome Iginla Calgary 99,448
Jonathan Cheechoo San Jose 69,041
Teemu Selanne Anaheim 62,006
Mike Modano Dallas 57,959
Ryan Smyth Edmonton 54,091
Markus Naslund Vancouver 48,669
Paul Kariya Nashville 48,208
Petr Sykora Edmonton 40,335
Patrick Marleau San Jose 39,020
Henrik Sedin Vancouver 38,918
Daniel Sedin Vancouver 38,514
Pavel Datsyuk Detroit 38,259
Marian Gaborik Minnesota 36,351
Ales Hemsky Edmonton 35,093
Brian Rolston Minnesota 32,760
Henrik Zetterberg Detroit 31,460
Rick Nash Columbus 29,005
Pavol Demitra Minnesota 23,755
Andy McDonald Anaheim 22,135
Milan Hejduk Colorado 21,014
Steve Sullivan Nashville 20,585
Doug Weight St. Louis 19,086
Keith Tkachuk St. Louis 16,605
Shane Doan Phoenix 13,058
Ladislav Nagy Phoenix 12,575
Nikolai Zherdev Columbus 9,613
Marty Turco Dallas 158,417
Miikka Kiprusoff Calgary 91,320
Roberto Luongo Vancouver 67,655
Jean-Sebastien Giguere Anaheim 60,336
Dwayne Roloson Edmonton 53,365
Manny Fernandez Minnesota 29,330
Thomas Vokoun Nashville 25,390
Nikolai Khabibulin Chicago 22,736
Scott Niedermayer Anaheim 233,522
Nicklas Lidstrom Detroit 214,789
Chris Pronger Anaheim 134,185
Dion Phaneuf Calgary 110,544
Sergei Zubov Dallas 59,269
Rob Blake Los Angeles 51,584
Mattias Ohlund Vancouver 43,340
John-Michael Liles Colorado 38,146
Scott Hannan San Jose 34,867
Robyn Regehr Calgary 34,552
Lubomir Visnovsky Los Angeles 31,664