NEW YORK – Detroit Red Wings teammates Nicklas Lidstrom and Henrik Zetterberg are the top vote-getters in the West in the XM / NHL All-Star Fan Balloting, Presented by 2K Sports. Red Wings captain Lidstrom leads the Western Conference with 158,349 votes while assistant captain Zetterberg is second with 115,543. In third for the second straight week is Calgary Flames defenseman Dion Phaneuf with 111,940 votes. More than 4.17 million votes have been cast in the all-digital voting program.
Amongst Kings players on the ballot, Michael Cammalleri has 61,880 votes, good enough for fifth amongst forwards, while Rob Blake has 57,805, fourth amongst blueliners. Anze Kopitar is 14th amongst forwards with 26,979 votes, while Lubomir Visnovsky is 12th amongst defensemen with 22,003 votes.
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.
Leading all vote-getters among defensemen are Lidstrom and Phaneuf. The front-runners among forwards in votes are Zetterberg, Jarome Iginla (81,739) of the Calgary Flames and Pavel Datsyuk (79,590) of the Red Wings. Netminder Pascal Leclaire of the Columbus Blue Jackets is the top goaltender in votes with 76,665.
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 11/26/07)
Player (NHL Club) Votes
Henrik Zetterberg (Detroit) 115,453
Jarome Iginla (Calgary) 81,739
Pavel Datsyuk (Detroit) 79,590
Joe Sakic (Colorado) 65,511
Mike Cammalleri (Los Angeles) 61,880
Joe Thornton (San Jose) 53,509
Paul Stastny (Colorado) 48,517
Jonathan Cheechoo (San Jose) 46,218
Rick Nash (Columbus) 43,477
Ryan Getzlaf (Anaheim ) 42,023
Marian Gaborik (Minnesota) 40,725
Jason Arnott (Nashville) 37,779
Mike Modano (Dallas) 30,895
Anze Kopitar (Los Angeles) 26,979
Paul Kariya (St. Louis) 26,108
Shane Doan (Phoenix) 21,970
Ryan Smyth (Colorado) 18,661
Ales Hemsky (Edmonton)17,220
Martin Havlat (Chicago) 14,859
Markus Naslund (Vancouver ) 14,685
Milan Hejduk (Colorado) 14,617
Henrik Sedin (Vancouver) 13,185
Andy McDonald (Anaheim ) 12,305
Daniel Sedin (Vancouver ) 12,124
Patrick Marleau (San Jose) 11,818
Brian Rolston (Minnesota) 10,612
Daymond Langkow (Calgary) 10,254
Keith Tkachuk (St. Louis) 10,154
*Patrick Kane (Chicago ) 7,647
Brenden Morrow (Dallas) 6,819
David Legwand (Nashville) 4,035
Nicklas Lidstrom (Detroit) 158,349
Dion Phaneuf (Calgary ) 111,940
Chris Pronger (Anaheim) 73,059
Rob Blake (Los Angeles) 57,805
Francois Beauchemin (Anaheim) 52,880
Brian Rafalski (Detroit ) 42,097
Scott Hannan (Colorado ) 33,676
Sheldon Souray (Edmonton) 32,407
Sergei Zubov (Dallas ) 30,132
Ed Jovanovski (Phoenix ) 28,303
Mattias Ohlund (Vancouver ) 25,403
Lubomir Visnovsky (Los Angeles) 22,003
Robyn Regehr (Calgary) 13,217
Pascal Leclaire (Columbus) 76,665
Roberto Luongo (Vancouver) 72,170
Dominik Hasek (Detroit ) 37,717
Jean-Sebastien Giguere (Anaheim) 36,953
Niklas Backstrom (Minnesota) 33,567
Miikka Kiprusoff (Calgary ) 30,859
Evgeni Nabokov (San Jose) 20,708
Nikolai Khabibulin (Chicago) 16,514
Marty Turco (Dallas) 14,810