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 NHL.com 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 NHL.com, 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 shop.NHL.com 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 NHL.com.
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