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Panthers Defenseman Jay Bouwmeester Jumps to Second Place Among Defensemen in the Eastern Conference All-Star Fan Balloting

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers

More Than 6.5 Million Votes Cast To Date

NEW YORK (November 28, 2006) – Florida Panthers defenseman Jay Bouwmeester jumped into second place among defensemen in the Eastern Conference All-Star Game Fan Balloting with 132,570 votes. Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby holds the top spot among Eastern Conference vote-getters with 247,854 votes in COLD-fX/NHL All-Star Fan Balloting, Presented by 2K Sports. The top two defensemen, top three forwards and top one goaltender will start for the Eastern Conference in the 2007 NHL All-Star Game, which will be played on Wednesday, Jan. 24, in Dallas (8 p.m. ET, VERSUS, CBC, RDS, NASN, NHL Radio). To date, more than 6.5 million votes have been cast in the first 12 days of the all-digital voting program, surpassing total voting results in the entire 2003-04 voting period by approximately 10 percent.

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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 leading vote-getters by position are forwards Crosby, his Penguins teammate Evgeni Malkin (156,469) and Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals (112,501); defensemen Bryan McCabe of the Buffalo Sabres (174,205) and Bouwmeester of the Florida Panthers (132,570); and Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (138,151).

Updated balloting results for the Western Conference will be announced tomorrow.

Through Jan. 2, fans around the world can "CLICK TO VOTE" for the Eastern and Western Conference All-Star starters for the 2007 NHL All-Star Game on-line at, through Bell Canada cell phones and via, the official portal of the NHL in Canada.

The COLD-fX/NHL All-Star Fan Balloting, Presented by 2K Sports section on features an interactive ballot that showcases players with video clips, photos and virtual video game highlights created by 2K Sports. Residents of the United States and Canada who vote will be able to register for a chance to win a trip for two to the 2007 NHL All-Star Game. As part of the sweepstakes, sponsored by COLD-fX, NHL great and 16-time All-Star Mark Messier will meet the winner and a guest at the NHL All-Star Game.

The 2007 NHL All-Star Celebration, hosted by the American Airlines Center in Dallas, will feature live national broadcasts of the Dodge Nitro/NHL SuperSkills event on Tuesday, Jan. 23, and the NHL All-Star Game on Wednesday, Jan. 24 on VERSUS in the United States and CBC and RDS in Canada starting at 8 p.m., ET. NASN, the NHL's exclusive broadcast partner in Europe, will provide live coverage of the Dodge Nitro/NHL SuperSkills event and the NHL All-Star Game to more than 25 countries and territories in Europe. NHL RADIO on Westwood One will provide exclusive, national radio coverage in the United States and Canada, while Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio each will provide radio play-by-play coverage of the game.

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