Edmonton Oilers Press Release
/ Edmonton Oilers
Three members of the Edmonton Oilers – Ales Hemsky, Shawn Horcoff and Sheldon Souray – have been named to the ballot in the XM/NHL All-Star Fan Balloting presented by 2K Sports.
The three Oilers are among 104 players named to the ballot by the NHL for the 2009 NHL All-Star Game to be played in Montreal on Sunday, January 25, 2009.
Both Horcoff and Souray have played previously in NHL All-Star Games. Horcoff represented the Oilers in the 2008 NHL All-Star Game in Atlanta, while Souray represented the Montreal Canadiens in the 2004 and 2007 games. Hemsky has yet to appear in an NHL mid-season classic, but was selected to the 2003 NHL YoungStars Game in Florida. He was unable to compete in the game due to injury and was replaced by Horcoff.
In a first for all major professional sports leagues, the NHL will provide real-time All-Star fan balloting results online at NHL.com. From November 12th through January 2nd, NHL fans will be able to vote as often as they like to select the starting lineups for the 2009 NHL All-Star Game in Montreal. Fans around the world can vote online via interactive English and French ballots at Vote.NHL.com. Those in the U.S. and Canada also will be able to cast their votes via text message using any wireless carrier. During the voting period, real-time results will be available exclusively on Vote.NHL.com/results. This marks the third consecutive year the All-Star Balloting process is entirely digital.
Fans can vote for up to six Eastern Conference players and six Western Conference players: three forwards, two defensemen and one goaltender. For the first time, fans will be permitted to select as few as one player -- a balloted player or write-in -- per online ballot at Vote.NHL.com or via text message. 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 NHL will promote XM NHL All-Star Fan Balloting presented by 2K Sports across its TV, print, online and wireless advertising platforms. Promotional support will be provided by the NHL Network, NHL Radio and broadcast partners VERSUS (U.S.), CBC (Canada) and RDS (Canada). Promotional materials for the campaign, in both English and French, will launch on Wednesday, November 12th, the first day of balloting.
The Edmonton Oilers 30th Anniversary Season is presented in part by the Rexall Family of Pharmacies, Bell, Molson Canadian, ATB Financial and Ford.