NEW YORK (December 19, 2007) – The top-ranked Detroit Red Wings continue to dominate the Western Conference in XM / NHL All-Star Fan Balloting, Presented by 2K Sports. Defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom leads all players in the West in votes with 354,186, while teammates Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk are the top forwards with 247,118 and 214,299 votes, respectively. More than 9.2 million votes have been cast in the all-digital voting program.
The voting will determine the starting lineups for the 2008 NHL All-Star Game, which will be played on Sunday, Jan. 27 in Atlanta (6 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.
Lidstrom and Dion Phaneuf (235,008) of the Calgary Flames are the top two defensemen in votes in the West. Zetterberg, Datsyuk and Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla (174,613) lead all forwards in votes. Roberto Luongo (185,990) of the Vancouver Canucks is the top goaltender.
Through Jan. 2, fans around the world can go online at NHL.com to “Vote Now, Vote Often” for the Eastern and Western Conference All-Star starters for the 2008 NHL All-Star Game. U.S. fans also can cast votes through Verizon Wireless Mobile Web 2.0-enabled phones.
On NHL.com, the XM/NHL All-Star Fan Balloting, Presented by 2K Sports section features an interactive ballot, showcasing players with video clips, photos and virtual video game highlights created from in-game NHL® 2K8 footage. Residents of the United States and Canada who vote are able to register for a chance to win a variety of daily prizes, including XM XpressRC radios with three months of free service, 2K Sports games, autographed 2008 NHL All-Star jerseys and shop.NHL.com gift certificates.
One grand-prize winner will receive a trip for two to attend the 2008 NHL All-Star Game as guests of XM. The winner will watch the game in a private suite with former NHL players. Additionally, each registered voter will automatically qualify to receive a 14-day free trial of XM Radio Online.
Verizon Wireless customers can vote and can register for the sweepstakes by voting using their Mobile Web 2.0-enabled phones. The process is simple: launch the Mobile Web browser, select Sports, select NHL Mobile and then select All-Star Balloting. To vote, follow the instructions on the screen.
The 2008 NHL All-Star Weekend in Atlanta will feature live national broadcasts of the Dodge/NHL SuperSkills event on Saturday, Jan. 26 and the NHL All-Star Game on Sunday, Jan. 27 on VERSUS in the United States and CBC and RDS in Canada. NASN and other international broadcasters will provide live coverage of both the Dodge/NHL SuperSkills event and the NHL All-Star Game to more than 115 countries and territories in Europe. NHL RADIO on Westwood One will provide exclusive national radio coverage which can be heard on stations around the United States and Canada as well as on XM Satellite Radio's NHL Home Ice and NHL.com.
XM / NHL All-Star Fan Balloting, Presented by 2K Sports Western Conference
(as of 12/17/07)
Player NHL Club Votes
Mike Cammalleri-Los Angeles-128,898
Joe Thornton-San Jose-111,793
Jonathan Cheechoo-San Jose-107,154
Paul Kariya-St. Louis-57,830
Anze Kopitar-Los Angeles-51,641
Patrick Marleau-San Jose-24,117
Keith Tkachuk-St. Louis-23,900
Rob Blake-Los Angeles-132,233
Lubomir Visnovsky- Los Angeles-41,915
Evgeni Nabokov-San Jose-41,498