WASHINGTON, D.C. –
Goaltender Olie Kolzig and left wing Alex Ovechkin
will represent the Washington Capitals on the NHL’s All-Star ballot, with voting running from Nov. 15 through Jan. 2. Fans will have the opportunity to vote for the Eastern and Western Conference All-Star starters for the 2007 NHL All-Star Game, which will be played Jan. 24 in Dallas.
For the first time ever, the COLD-fX/NHL All-Star fan balloting process, presented by 2K Sports, will be entirely digital, with voting taking place at NHL.com. Capitals fans will be able to access the ballot via WashingtonCaps.com.
Kolzig, 36, has appeared in two NHL All-Star Games (1998 and 2000). The longest-tenured Washington Capital, now in his 18th professional season, Kolzig has posted a 4-3-2 record, a .904 save percentage and a 3.45 goals-against average in 10 starts this season. He is one of eight goaltenders on the Eastern Conference All-Star ballot.
Ovechkin, 21, makes his first appearance on the NHL All-Star ballot. The 2005-06 Calder Memorial Trophy winner as the NHL rookie of the year, Ovechkin leads the Capitals in scoring with 10 goals and eight assists (18 points) through 15 games, one point ahead of his pace last season. The Moscow, Russia, native is tied for sixth in the NHL in goals and third in the league in shots (83).
The 100 players appearing on the ballot were selected by the NHL’s Hockey Operations Department. The 2006-07 season marks the 19th year in which fans will vote to determine the starting lineups for the NHL All-Star Game. Fans can vote for six Eastern Conference All-Stars and six Western Conference All-Stars: three forwards, two defensemen and one goaltender on each team. A space is provided for write-in votes for candidates not listed on the ballot.