New York (December 3, 2008) – The Calgary Flames and NHL Winter Classic 2009 host Chicago Blackhawks heat up the Western Conference XM NHL® All-Star Fan Balloting presented by 2K Sports. Meanwhile, Red Wings fans continue to vote in droves to support their Stanley Cup champions.
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Detroit captain Nicklas Lidstrom extended his dominance in the balloting among defensemen by gaining over 75,000 votes last week to remain, for the second week in a row, the highest Western Conference vote-getter. Flames defenseman Dion Phaneuf has a stronghold on second place, while Wings’ Brian Rafalski (135,074) is holding off Chicago’s Brian Campbell (133,265) for third place among defensemen.
Calgary fans also flexed their voting muscles up front over the past week, nudging Flames captain Jarome Iginla slightly ahead of Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg and into third place in voting for the starting forwards. Red Wings teammates Marian Hossa and Pavel Datsyuk extended their leads as the top vote-getters among Western Conference forwards.
As fans wait for Vancouver goaltender Roberto Luongo to return to action, his voting stock continues to soar – he leads his closest competitor, Detroit’s Chris Osgood, by nearly 150,000 votes.
With just under a month to go until starting line-up positions are clinched, the game is anything but over. With the rebirth of the Blackhawks and the Winter Classic in their fans’ sights, sophomore duo Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews and defenseman Brian Campbell are receiving the kind of support that could make them the first Chicago players voted All-Star starters since Chris Chelios and Ed Belfour in 1996.
The vote totals, as of 7 a.m. ET, in the fan balloting for the Western Conference starters are detailed below.
Through Jan. 2, NHL fans can vote as often as they like in the XM NHL ® All-Star Fan Balloting presented by 2K Sports to select the starting lineups for the 2009 NHL All-Star Game in Montreal. Fans around the world can vote online via interactive English and French ballots at Vote.NHL.com.
Those in the U.S. and Canada also are able to cast their votes via text message using any wireless carrier. Real-time results are available exclusively at http://Vote.NHL.com/results.
Fans can vote for up to six Eastern Conference players and six Western Conference players -- three forwards, two defensemen and one goaltender. Fans are permitted to select as few as one player -- a balloted player or write-in -- per online ballot at Vote.NHL.com or via text message.
To vote using any wireless carrier, fans should text their favorite player’s last name to the shortcode 81812. Fans interested in voting for all of their favorite team’s balloted players can text the team nickname (e.g., Bruins) to 81812. Standard text messaging charges will apply.
XM, which airs every NHL game for every team as the Official Satellite Radio Partner of the NHL, and 2K Sports, a leading publisher of sports video games, are the NHL All-Star Fan Balloting title and presenting sponsors, respectively.
The 2009 NHL All-Star Weekend in Montreal will celebrate the Montreal Canadiens’ Centennial season with live national broadcasts of the Honda/NHL SuperSkills® event on Saturday, Jan. 24, and the NHL All-Star Game on Sunday, Jan. 25, on VERSUS in the United States and CBC and RDS in Canada.
NASN, ASN, J Sports, Sky Mexico, Fox Sports Australia and other NHL international broadcast partners will provide live coverage of both the Honda/NHL SuperSkills event and the NHL All-Star Game to more than 150 countries and territories in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, the Pacific Rim, Mexico and the Caribbean. NHL Radio™ will provide exclusive, national radio coverage which can be heard on stations around the United States and Canada as well as on Sirius XM Radio's NHL Home Ice, located at XM channel 204 and on SIRIUS channel 208 with the “Best of XM” programming package.
NHL.com and NHL Network will provide extensive coverage of the All-Star Weekend.
XM NHL All-Star Fan Balloting, Presented by 2K Sports
(as of 12/03/08, 7 a.m. ET)
Player NHL Club Votes
Marian Hossa Detroit 219,663
Pavel Datsyuk Detroit 211,712
Jarome Iginla Calgary 206,472
Henrik Zetterberg Detroit 206,080
Patrick Kane Chicago 167,861
Ryan Getzlaf Anaheim 131,219
Jonathan Toews Chicago 123,008
Joe Thornton San Jose 112,985
Mikko Koivu Minnesota 106,738
Patrick Marleau San Jose 78,941
Mike Ribeiro Dallas 70,568
Joe Sakic Colorado 70,533
Rick Nash Columbus 68,698
Shane Doan Phoenix 57,291
Olli Jokinen Phoenix 47,654
Marian Gaborik Minnesota 45,128
Ales Hemsky Edmonton 42,765
Brad Boyes St. Louis 41,187
Paul Stastny Colorado 40,684
Mike Modano Dallas 36,142
Jason Arnott Nashville 32,195
Dustin Brown Los Angeles 31,525
Daniel Sedin Vancouver 29,717
Henrik Sedin Vancouver 28,999
Anze Kopitar Los Angeles 28,317
Brenden Morrow Dallas 27,951
Paul Kariya St. Louis 25,781
Milan Hejduk Colorado 25,216
*Devin Setoguchi San Jose 23,510
Brad Richards Dallas 16,495
Shawn Horcoff Edmonton 16,017
Keith Tkachuk St. Louis 12,780
Nicklas Lidstrom Detroit 316,164
Dion Phaneuf Calgary 261,859
Brian Rafalski Detroit 135,074
Brian Campbell Chicago 133,265
Dan Boyle San Jose 123,382
Sheldon Souray Edmonton 100,908
Scott Niedermayer Anaheim 97,581
Rob Blake San Jose 95,102
Chris Pronger Anaheim 92,855
Shea Weber Nashville 73,446
Brent Burns Minnesota 57,800
Robyn Regehr Calgary 27,615
Roberto Luongo Vancouver 282,815
Chris Osgood Detroit 111,960
Evgeni Nabokov San Jose 110,729
J.S. Giguere Anaheim 74,804
Niklas Backstrom Minnesota 73,625
Ilya Bryzgalov Phoenix 46,604
Miikka Kiprusoff Calgary 34,781
Marty Turco Dallas 29,744
Pascal Leclaire Columbus 29,550