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Bergeron, Chara, Savard on All-Star Ballot

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
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Boston, MA - The NHL released the 104-player ballot for XM/NHL All-Star Fan Balloting presented by 2K Sports today, with Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara and Marc Savard representing the Bruins. Voting opens Nov. 12.

Bergeron has posted 3-5=8 totals, a +5 rating and has won 58.7 percent of his faceoffs (eighth in the league) in the Bruins 12 games this season, while Savard has recorded five goals, 10 assists and a +6 rating.  Savard’s 15 points rank tied for third in the NHL as of Tuesday, November 4.  A Norris Trophy finalist last year, Chara has three assists on the season while averaging a team high 26:41 of ice time per game.

Chara, Savard, and goaltender Tim Thomas appeared in last year's all-star festivities.  Thomas was the winning goaltender in the All Star game, Savard tallied the winning goal and Chara won the Hardest Shot competition with a 103.1 MPH blast during the SuperSkills event.

In a first for all major professional sports leagues, the NHL will provide real-time All-Star fan balloting results online at NHL.com. From Nov. 12 through Jan. 2, NHL fans will be able to vote as often as they like 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 will be able to cast their votes via text message using any wireless carrier. During the voting period, real-time results will be available exclusively on Vote.NHL.com/results. This marks the third consecutive year the All-Star Balloting process is entirely digital.

Fans can vote for up to six Eastern Conference players and six Western Conference players: three forwards, two defensemen and one goaltender. For the first time, fans will be 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. 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.

The NHL will promote XM NHL All-Star Fan Balloting presented by 2K Sports across its TV, print, online and wireless advertising platforms. Promotional support will be provided by the NHL Network, NHL Radio and broadcast partners VERSUS (U.S.), CBC (Canada) and RDS (Canada).  Promotional materials for the campaign, in both English and French, will launch on Wednesday, Nov. 12, the first day of balloting.

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.

The Bruins return to action on Thursday, November 6 when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs at 7:00 p.m. ET.
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2008-09 XM / NHL All-Star Fan Ballot

EASTERN CONFERENCE
Goaltenders
Martin Biron, Philadelphia Flyers, Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, Rick DiPietro, New York Islanders, Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh Penguins, Kari Lehtonen, Atlanta Thrashers, Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers, Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres, Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens, Vesa Toskala, Toronto Maple Leafs, Tomas Vokoun, Florida Panthers

Defensemen
Jay Bouwmeester, Florida Panthers, Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins, Sergei Gonchar, Pittsburgh Penguins, Mike Green, Washington Capitals, Tomas Kaberle, Toronto Maple Leafs, Mike Komisarek, Montreal Canadiens, Andrei Markov, Montreal Canadiens, Teppo Numminen, Buffalo Sabres, Chris Phillips, Ottawa Senators, Wade Redden, New York Rangers, Kimmo Timonen, Philadelphia Flyers, Ryan Whitney, Pittsburgh Penguins

Forwards
Daniel Alfredsson, Ottawa Senators, Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins, Daniel Briere, Philadelphia Flyers, Rod Brind'Amour, Carolina Hurricanes, Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins, Chris Drury, New York Rangers, Patrik Elias, New Jersey Devils, Simon Gagne, Philadelphia Flyers, Scott Gomez, New York Rangers, Dany Heatley, Ottawa Senators, Trent Hunter, New York Islanders, Saku Koivu, Montreal Canadiens, Ilya Kovalchuk, Atlanta Thrashers, Alex Kovalev, Montreal Canadiens, Vincent Lecavalier, Tampa Bay Lightning, Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins, Markus Naslund, New York Rangers, Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals Zach Parise, New Jersey Devils, Mike Richards, Philadelphia Flyers, Brian Rolston, New Jersey Devils, Derek Roy, Buffalo Sabres, Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning, Marc Savard, Boston Bruins, Alexander Semin, Washington Capitals, Jason Spezza, Ottawa Senators, Eric Staal, Carolina Hurricanes, Alex Tanguay, Montreal Canadiens, Thomas Vanek, Buffalo Sabres, Ray Whitney, Carolina Hurricanes

WESTERN CONFERENCE
Goaltenders
Niklas Backstrom, Minnesota Wild, Ilya Bryzgalov, Phoenix Coyotes, J.S. Giguere, Anaheim Ducks, Miikka Kiprusoff, Calgary Flames, Pascal Leclaire, Columbus Blue Jackets, Roberto Luongo, Vancouver Canucks, Evgeni Nabokov, San Jose Sharks, Chris Osgood, Detroit Red Wings, Marty Turco, Dallas Stars

Defensemen
Rob Blake, San Jose Sharks, Dan Boyle, San Jose Sharks, Brent Burns, Minnesota Wild, Brian Campbell, Chicago Blackhawks, Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings, Scott Niedermayer, Anaheim Ducks, Dion Phaneuf, Calgary Flames, Chris Pronger, Anaheim Ducks, Brian Rafalski, Detroit Red Wings, Robyn Regehr, Calgary Flames, Sheldon Souray, Edmonton Oilers, Shea Weber, Nashville Predators

Forwards
Jason Arnott, Nashville Predators, Brad Boyes, St. Louis Blues, Dustin Brown, Los Angeles Kings, Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings, Shane Doan, Phoenix Coyotes, Marian Gaborik, Minnesota Wild, Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks, Milan Hejduk, Colorado Avalanche, Ales Hemsky, Edmonton Oilers, Shawn Horcoff, Edmonton Oilers, Marian Hossa, Detroit Red Wings, Jarome Iginla, Calgary Flames, Olli Jokinen, Phoenix Coyotes, Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks, Paul Kariya, St. Louis Blues, Mikko Koivu, Minnesota Wild, Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings, Patrick Marleau, San Jose Sharks, Mike Modano, Dallas Stars, Brenden Morrow, Dallas Stars, Rick Nash, Columbus Blue Jackets, Mike Ribeiro, Dallas Stars, Brad Richards, Dallas Stars, Joe Sakic, Colorado Avalanche, Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Canucks, Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks, Paul Stastny, Colorado Avalanche, Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks, Keith Tkachuk, St. Louis Blues, Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks, Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit Red Wings
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