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Crosby Leads All-Star Fan Balloting

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

Once again, Sidney Crosby is atop the NHL All-Star Fan Balloting.

Crosby, Montreal Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov and Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara lead all Eastern Conference vote-getters in the XM/NHL All-Star Fan Balloting, Presented by 2K Sports. Crosby tops the Eastern Conference with 94,118 votes, followed by Markov with 48,134 votes and Chara with 45,949. More than 2.15 million votes were cast in the first six days of the all-digital voting program.

The voting will determine the starting lineups for the 2008 NHL All-Star Game, which will be played on Sunday, Jan. 27, in Atlanta (6 p.m. on Versus).

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.

Crosby, Ottawa Senators right wing Daniel Alfredsson (41,198) and Philadelphia Flyers center Daniel Briere (32,751) lead all forwards in votes. Markov and Chara are tops among defensemen. The New York Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist leads all Eastern Conference goaltenders with 30,324 votes.

Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin and defenseman Ryan Whitney are also on the All-Star ballot.

Through Jan. 2, fans around the world can go online at to “Vote Now, Vote Often” for the Eastern and Western Conference All-Star starters for the 2008 NHL All-Star Game. U.S. fans also can cast votes through Verizon Wireless Mobile Web 2.0-enabled phones.

On, the XM/NHL All-Star Fan Balloting, Presented by 2K Sports section  features  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 are 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 gift certificates.

One grand-prize winner will receive a trip for two to attend the 2008 NHL  All-Star  Game  as  guests of XM.  The winner will watch the game in a private suite with former NHL players.  Additionally, each registered voter will  automatically  qualify  to  receive  a  14-day free trial of XM Radio Online.

Verizon Wireless customers can vote and can register for the sweepstakes by voting using their Mobile Web 2.0-enabled phones. The process is simple: launch the Mobile Web browser, select Sports, select NHL Mobile and then select All-Star Balloting.  To vote, follow the instructions on the screen.

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

Player                        NHL Club          Votes

Sidney Crosby                 Pittsburgh        94,118

Daniel Alfredsson       Ottawa                  41,198

Daniel Briere                 Philadelphia            32,751

Alex Ovechkin                 Washington        30,686

Vincent Lecavalier            Tampa Bay         28,615

Dany Heatley                  Ottawa                  27,121

Ilya Kovalchuk                Atlanta                 26,628

Evgeni Malkin                  Pittsburgh        18,015

Saku Koivu              Montreal          17,891

Maxim Afinogenov        Buffalo                 17,782

JaromirJagr             NY Rangers        16,604

Chris Drury             NY Rangers        15,600

Mats Sundin             Toronto           14,046

Jason Blake             Toronto           13,317

Simon Gagne             Philadelphia            12,394

Jason Spezza                  Ottawa                  11,902

*Mike Richards          Philadelphia            10,315

Thomas Vanek            Buffalo                 9,701

Patrik Elias                  New Jersey        9,358

Eric Staal              Carolina          8,746

Marian Hossa                  Atlanta                 8,648

Martin St. Louis        Tampa Bay         7,546

Brendan Shanahan        NY Rangers        7,057

*Alex Kovalev                 Montreal          5,990

Bill Guerin             NY Islanders            5,805

Vyacheslav Kozlov       Atlanta                 4,651

Justin Williams         Carolina          4,611

Olli Jokinen                  Florida                 4,466

Scott Gomez             NY Rangers        4,304

Marc Savard             Boston                  3,205

Brian Gionta                  New Jersey        2,909

*Nik Antropov                 Toronto           2,373

Brad Richards                 Tampa Bay         2,275


Andrei Markov                 Montreal          48,134

Zdeno Chara             Boston                  45,949

Tomas Kaberle           Toronto           36,125

Brian Campbell          Buffalo                 33,857

Kimmo Timonen           Philadelphia            30,951

Wade Redden             Ottawa                  29,457

Ryan Whitney                  Pittsburgh        27,028

Jay Bouwmeester         Florida                 23,454

Chris Phillips                Ottawa                  19,174

Bryan McCabe            Toronto           18,840

Dan Boyle               Tampa Bay         17,255

Henrik Tallinder        Buffalo                 12,702


Henrik Lundqvist        NY Rangers        30,324

Martin Brodeur                New Jersey        29,631

Martin Biron                  Philadelphia            27,849

Cristobal Huet                Montreal          24,515

Ryan Miller             Buffalo                 14,112

Ray Emery               Ottawa                  11,752

Cam Ward                Carolina          10,565

Rick DiPietro                 NY Islanders            10,352

Tomas Vokoun            Florida                 6,949

Olaf Kolzig             Washington        5,623

*write-in candidate


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