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NHL announces 2012 All-Star Fan Balloting

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning

HOW TO VOTE

  • VOTE ONLINE: NHL.com/vote will feature interactive online ballots available in eight languages, accessible anywhere in the world. Each player ballot page includes video highlights and real-time, sortable player statistics.  Fans will be permitted to select as few as one player - a balloted player or write-in - per online ballot. 
  • VOTE BY TEXTING: Mobile users in the U.S. and Canada will be able to cast their votes via text message using any mobile device and wireless carrier or via a mobile ballot available in English and French. To vote via text message using any wireless carrier, fans should text their favorite player’s last name to the shortcode 81812. Message and data rates may apply. The mobile ballot is available on iPhone, Android and other mobile devices, using any wireless carrier.
  • VOTE THROUGH FACEBOOK & TWITTER: Facebook and Twitter users will be able to share their individual player selections online. Upon submitting a ballot on NHL.com/vote, fans can send messages inviting others to cast their votes online.
  • VOTE NOW: Official 2012 NHL All-Star Fan Ballot

Video Highlights

NEW YORK -- With impressive starts this season, the Dallas Stars and the Pittsburgh Penguins -- leaders of the  Western and Eastern Conferences, respectively - hold a combined 11 spots on the ballot in the 2012 NHL All-Star Fan Balloting™. The ballot includes first-time career appearances from Stars forwards Jamie Benn and Loui Eriksson and Penguins forwards James Neal and Jordan Staal and defenseman Kris Letang.  Joining their teammates are ballot veterans Sidney Crosby, Marc-Andre Fleury, Evgeni Malkin of the Penguins and Kari Lehtonen, Mike Ribeiro and Sheldon Souray of the Stars.

Among the total 127 players on the ballot, Philadelphia Flyers forward Jaromir Jagr makes his first appearance to the fan voting platform since his campaign for the 2008 NHL All-Star festivities; the Ottawa Senators, the first-time hosts of the 2012 NHL All-Star Weekend, have five representatives; and the Anaheim Ducks, Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, Flyers and Penguins each have six players vying to be named first NHL All-Stars in the 2012 Tim Hortons NHL® All-Star Game on Sunday, Jan. 29. Polls open to hockey fans worldwide Nov. 14 online at NHL.com/vote and via mobile devices.

Among the few features in the 2012 NHL All-Star Fan Balloting are interactive online ballots in eight different languages, the most in NHL All-Star Fan Balloting history.  Fans around the world will be able to vote online at NHL.com/vote in English, French, German, Czech, Finnish, Russian, Slovak and Swedish.  Voting concludes Jan. 4, with the top six vote-getters by position - three forwards, two defensemen and goalie – set to take part in the 2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game®.

2012 NHL All-Star Weekend Sweepstakes
Eligible residents of the United States and Canada who vote online at NHL.com/vote can enter for a chance to win one grand prize:  a trip for two to attend the 2012 NHL All-Star Weekend in Ottawa. There is no purchase necessary to enter or win. For sweepstakes rules, visit NHL.com/vote.

Voting results will be posted to NHL.com every Tuesday, starting Nov. 22. 

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