|Captain Olli Jokinen (Getty Images)
SUNRISE, Fla. – The National Hockey League announced today that Panthers C Olli Jokinen, D Jay Bouwmeester and G Tomas Vokoun have been selected to appear on the XM / NHL All-Star Fan Balloting, Presented by 2K Sports. For the second consecutive season, the NHL-All Star Fan Balloting process will be entirely digital. From Nov. 13 through Jan. 2, fans around the world can “Vote Now, Vote Often” online at NHL.com to select the starting lineups for the 2008 NHL All-Star Game in Atlanta. In addition, U.S. fans also can cast votes through Verizon Wireless cell phones.
Jokinen leads the Panthers in almost every offensive category and currently leads the entire NHL in power-play goals with seven while appearing in the Top-15 in the NHL in several other categories. Jokinen, currently serving his fourth term as Panthers team Captain, paces the Cats with 18 points (9-9-18). His nine goals are tied for eighth best in the NHL and his 18 points are tied for 12th best in the entire league. Jokinen has 11 power-play points on the season which is tied for second best in the NHL. His 73 shots on goal are fourth best in the league.
|Defenseman Jay Bouwmeester (Getty Images) |
Bouwmeester was the Panthers representative in last season’s All-Star Game in Dallas. He leads the Panthers in time on ice per game, averaging 27:34 minutes per game which is also fifth best in the NHL. He currently has two goals and three assists and is the Panthers leader on a deep defensive core.
Vokoun was acquired by the Panthers this summer in a trade with Nashville. In his first season with Florida, Vokoun has started in 13 of the Panthers first 15 games going 7-6-0 with a 3.05 GAA and a .905 save percentage. Vokoun’s seven wins are tied for the second most in the NHL. He has already recorded two 40-plus save performances as well as a shootout victory in Montreal on Oct. 16 where he stopped all three of the Canadiens shootout attempts.
The 2007-08 season marks the 20th year in which fans will determine the starting lineups for the NHL All-Star Game. 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.
|Goaltender Tomas Vokoun (Getty Images) |
The XM/NHL All-Star Fan Balloting, Presented by 2K Sports section on NHL.com will feature 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 will be 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 in a private suite joined by former NHL players, courtesy of XM.
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.
The Florida Panthers 2007-08 season is presented by the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek. Sunrise Sports & Entertainment is the premier company of its kind in South Florida. Home to more than 185 events annually and the Florida Panthers Hockey Club, the BankAtlantic Center is consistently a top 20 United States venue according to Pollstar. The BankAtlantic Center welcomes more than two million guests each year and is also the home of the Sinatra Theatre presented by BankAtlantic and two monthly South Florida publications: Unrestricted and Panthers Insider.Click Here
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