COLUMBUS, OHIO –
Columbus Blue Jackets forwards Rick Nash
and R.J. Umberger
are among the 100 players who appear on the 2011 NHL All-Star Fan Balloting, the club and League announced today. Starting Monday, November 15 through January 3, fans around the world can vote for their top six All-Stars. For the fourth-straight NHL® All-Star Game, the balloting process is entirely digital, offering fans the ability to vote as often as they like via mobile devices and online. In addition, fans this season can vote on Facebook (facebook.com/NHL), as the NHL All-Star fan voting process comes to the social networking platform for the first time.
Fans will be able to select up to six players by position -- three forwards, two defensemen and one goaltender -- without regard to the conference in which their teams play for in the 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover, which will be held at RBC Center in Raleigh, N.C. on Sunday, January 30. As part of a new format for the game, the three forwards, two defensemen and goaltender with the most votes will be named First NHL All-Stars. The remaining 36 All-Stars will be named by NHL Hockey Operations. The players from that group of 42 will vote for team captains, who will then select from the full pool of players to fill out each team’s roster. Each team will be required to choose three goalies, six defensemen and 12 forwards in any order they choose.
The League’s mid-season spectacular will take place Saturday, January 29 and Sunday, January 30 and will include Honda NHL SuperSkills and the 58th NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover at RBC Center. Live television coverage of both nights will be provided by VERSUS in the U.S. and CBC and RDS in Canada. The Honda NHL SuperSkills will begin at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, and the 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover will start at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday.
Nash, 26, has been selected to participate in each of the past four All-Star Games and collected 6-4-10 in those games. After being shutout in his All-Star debut at Minnesota in 2004, he tallied 2-2-4 at Dallas in 2007; became the 15th player in NHL history to collect a hat trick in the All-Star Game and the first to record multi-goal games in back-to-back All-Star Games with 3-0-3 at Atlanta in 2008; and added 2-1-3 at Montreal in 2009. The franchise’s all-time leader in goals and points, he has notched 6-4-10 in 14 games this season.
Umberger, 28, has posted back-to-back 20-goal seasons and played in 178 consecutive games since joining the Blue Jackets prior to the 2008-09 campaign. He scored a career-high 26 goals and added 20 assists for 46 points in 82 games in 2008-09 and set a career-high in points with 23-32-55 in 82 games in 2009-10. In 14 games this season, he has collected 6-2-8 and is tied for second in the NHL with two shorthanded goals.
The Blue Jackets return to action tonight when they host the Colorado Avalanche at Nationwide Arena. Live high-definition coverage on FOX Sports Ohio will begin with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show starting at 6:30 p.m. The game will also broadcast live on the Wheeling Island Hotel Casino Blue Jackets Radio Network, including CD101 at 102.5 FM, and online at www.BlueJackets.com.
Single-game tickets, starting at $22, are on sale at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, The FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line Team Store at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing, ticket outlets at the Chiller Ice Rinks and all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers. Fans can also purchase tickets by phone at (800) 745-3000 or online at BlueJackets.com and Ticketmaster.com. For information on season tickets, a variety of partial-season plans and group tickets, call (800) NHL-COLS or visit BlueJackets.com.
-- CBJ --