With less than one week of voting left, Detroit Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom maintains his lead among all Western Conference vote-getters in the XM / NHL All-Star Fan Balloting, Presented by 2K Sports. With 420,436 votes, Lidstrom’s tally is significantly more than top forward and teammate Henrik Zetterberg (291,952). More than 10.8 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.
The top defensemen in votes are Lidstrom and Dion Phaneuf (275,395) of the Calgary Flames. Zetterberg, teammate Pavel Datsyuk and Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla (213,258) lead all forwards in votes. Vancouver Canucks netminder Roberto Luongo leads all goaltenders in votes with 228,583.
The starters will be announced on Tuesday, Jan. 8. 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 Forwards Player NHL Club Votes
(as of 12/26/07)
|Henrik Zetterberg ||Detroit ||291,952 |
|Pavel Datsyuk ||Detroit ||262,619 |
|Jarome Iginla ||Calgary ||213,258 |
|Joe Sakic ||Colorado ||150,103 |
|Mike Cammalleri ||Los Angeles ||147,940 |
|Joe Thornton ||San Jose ||131,737 |
|Jonathan Cheechoo ||San Jose ||125,366 |
|Ryan Getzlaf ||Anaheim ||116,799 |
|Marian Gaborik ||Minnesota ||116,733 |
|Jason Arnott ||Nashville ||110,008 |
|Rick Nash ||Columbus ||107,056 |
|Paul Stastny ||Colorado ||104,208 |
|Mike Modano ||Dallas ||84,894 |
|Paul Kariya ||St. Louis ||67,380 |
|Shane Doan ||Phoenix ||65,253 |
|Anze Kopitar ||Los Angeles ||59,035 |
|Markus Naslund ||Vancouver ||48,369 |
|Ryan Smyth ||Colorado ||44,422 |
|Ales Hemsky ||Edmonton ||43,933 |
|Henrik Sedin ||Vancouver ||41,860 |
|Martin Havlat ||Chicago ||40,850 |
|Daniel Sedin ||Vancouver ||40,533 |
|Milan Hejduk ||Colorado ||36,514 |
|Andy McDonald ||St. Louis ||30,955 |
|Patrick Marleau ||San Jose ||28,079 |
|Keith Tkachuk ||St. Louis ||27,931 |
|Brian Rolston ||Minnesota ||24,283 |
|Daymond Langkow ||Calgary ||23,091 |
|Brenden Morrow ||Dallas ||20,121 |
|*Patrick Kane ||Chicago ||17,112 |
|David Legwand ||Nashville ||11,969 |
|Nicklas Lidstrom ||Detroit ||420,436 |
|Dion Phaneuf ||Calgary ||275,395 |
|Chris Pronger ||Anaheim ||181,529 |
|Rob Blake ||Los Angeles ||155,391 |
|Francois Beauchemin ||Anaheim ||135,966 |
|Brian Rafalski ||Detroit ||121,920 |
|Sergei Zubov ||Dallas ||87,474 |
|Scott Hannan ||Colorado ||85,534 |
|Sheldon Souray ||Edmonton ||84,958 |
|Ed Jovanovski ||Phoenix ||79,751 |
|Mattias Ohlund ||Vancouver ||77,470 |
|Lubomir Visnovsky ||Los Angeles ||48,296 |
|Robyn Regehr ||Calgary ||32,861 |