Fans will get the chance to vote for the starters at the 2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game starting Monday, Nov. 14.
The fan ballot for this year's game, to be held Jan. 29 in Ottawa, was released Thursday and includes 127 players -- 18 goalies, 36 defensemen and 73 forwards. Fans also will have the option of selecting write-in candidates.
There are at least three players from each team on the ballot for the 2012 NHL All-Star Fan Balloting, and the online interactive ballot will be available in eight languages -- English, French, German, Czech, Finnish, Russian, Slovak and Swedish.
Voting runs through Jan. 4, with the top six vote-getters by position -- three forwards, two defensemen and a goalie -- being guaranteed spots at the All-Star Game.
The defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins
are tied with three other teams for placing the most players on the ballot, with six, led by Vezina Trophy-winning goaltender Tim Thomas
. Other Bruins on the ballot are defenseman Zdeno Chara
and forwards Patrice Bergeron
, Nathan Horton
, David Krejci
and Milan Lucic
The Eastern Conference-leading Pittsburgh Penguins
also placed six players on the ballot -- goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury
, defenseman Kris Letang
, and forwards Sidney Crosby
, Evgeni Malkin
, James Neal
and Jordan Staal
All three Staal brothers made the ballot -- Jordan, the New York Rangers
' Marc Staal
and Carolina Hurricanes
captain Eric Staal
The Chicago Blackhawks
and Anaheim Ducks
also have six players each on the ballot.
The surprising Dallas Stars
, who enter Thursday's games atop the League standings, have five players on the ballot -- goaltender Kari Lehtonen
, defensemen Sheldon Souray
, and forwards Jamie Benn
, Loui Eriksson
and Mike Ribeiro
The Edmonton Oilers
, Philadelphia Flyers
, Los Angeles Kings
, Ottawa Senators
, San Jose Sharks
, Toronto Maple Leafs
, Vancouver Canucks
and Washington Capitals
also have five players on the ballot.
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