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2004 NHL All-Star Game Balloting Update - Eastern Conference

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


The NHL's leading goal scorer, Ilya Kovalchuk of the Atlanta Thrashers, with 41,820 votes, leads all Eastern Conference votegetters in the Best Buy/NHL All-Star Fan Balloting Program presented by PlayStation®2. The voting will determine the starting lineups for the 2004 NHL All-Star Game, which will be played on Sunday, February 8, at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, (3:00 PM ET - ABC, CBC, RDS).

Scott Stevens (31,806 votes) and Scott Niedermayer (29,547) of the New Jersey Devils lead all Eastern Conference defensemen; teammate Martin Brodeur (40,487) tops all goaltenders; Joe Thornton (20,868), Boston Bruins, leads all centers; and Marian Hossa (21,731) of the Ottawa Senators ranks second to Kovalchuk among Eastern Conference wings.

Rangers defenseman Brian Leetch currently sits in third place among Eastern Conference defensemen with 19,866 votes, while Alex Kovalev (10,531) and Eric Lindros (5,953) rank 10th among wingers and centers respectively.

Blueshirt netminder Mike Dunham currently sits in the sixth spot among goaltenders with 8,702 votes. Tom Poti ranks 16th among Eastern Conference defensemen with 7,321 votes.

Fans around the world can vote to elect the starting lineups for the Eastern and Western Conference All-Star Teams for the 2004 NHL All-Star Game by participating in the Best Buy/NHL All-Star Fan Balloting Program presented by PlayStation 2, through December 31.

Voting is being conducted through an electronic ballot on www.nhl.com, through broadband kiosks at 580 Best Buy locations in the United States, via paper ballots at all 30 NHL arenas and, for the first time, via Nextel phones in the U.S.

Fans also have the unique opportunity to vote for the NHL Legendary All-Star Team brought to you by Nextel via their Nextel phones, at U.S. Best Buy stores, on NHL.com or through an additional panel on the All-Star paper ballot through December 31. Wayne Gretzky, Gordie Howe and Bobby Orr are among the all-time greats whom hockey fans around the world can elect to the Team, which will be announced during All-Star Weekend. The ballot includes all retired NHL players who were selected to seven or more NHL All-Star Games.

EASTERN CONFERENCE VOTING
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WINGERS:
Ilya Kovalchuk - Atlanta (41,820)
Marian Hossa - Ottawa (21,731)
Tony Amonte - Philadelphia (20,428)
Martin St. Louis - Tampa Bay (19,145)
Alexander Mogilny - Toronto (16,871)
Owen Nolan - Toronto (15,234)
Jaromir Jagr- Washington (13,640)
Daniel Alfredsson - Ottawa (13,241)
Jamie Langenbrunner - New Jersey (12,180)
Alex Kovalev - NY Rangers (10,531)
Dany Heatley - Atlanta (10,368)
Jeff O'Neill - Carolina (9,791)
Sergei Samsonov - Boston (9,712)
Glen Murray - Boston (9,571)
Patrik Elias - New Jersey (8,712)
Miroslav Satan - Buffalo (8,324)
Jeff Friesen - New Jersey (7,490)
Peter Bondra - Washington (6,600)
Richard Zednik - Montreal (5,802)
*Mariusz Czerkawski - NY Islanders (4,983)
Martin Havlat- Ottawa (3,831)

CENTERS:
Joe Thornton - Boston (20,868)
Mario Lemieux - Pittsburgh (14,581)
Jeremy Roenick - Philadelphia (12,744)
Mats Sundin - Toronto (11,008)
Joe Nieuwendyk - Toronto (8,689)
Chris Drury - Buffalo (8,407)
Vincent Lecavalier - Tampa Bay (8,145)
Ron Francis - Carolina (7,834)
Saku Koivu - Montreal (6,033)
Eric Lindros - NY Rangers (5,953)
Radek Bonk - Ottawa (4,942)
Simon Gagne - Philadelphia (4,683)
Olli Jokinen - Florida (4,242)
Alexei Yashin - NY Islanders (3,704)
Scott Gomez - New Jersey (3,560)
Robert Lang - Washington (3,487)
Rod Brind'Amour - Carolina (3,298)
John Madden - New Jersey (3,161)
Viktor Kozlov - Florida (2,518)
Michael Peca - NY Islanders (2,353)
Brian Rolston - Boston (2,054)
Keith Primeau - Philadelphia (1,844)
Brad Richards - Tampa Bay (1,814)
Martin Straka - Pittsburgh/LA (1,249)

DEFENSEMEN:
Scott Stevens - New Jersey (31,806)
Scott Niedermayer - New Jersey (29,547)
Brian Leetch - NY Rangers (19,866)
Eric Desjardins - Philadelphia (16,578)
Zdeno Chara - Ottawa (15,933)
Sergei Gonchar - Washington (15,646)
Wade Redden - Ottawa (14,945)
Bryan McCabe - Toronto (14,268)
Tomas Kaberle - Toronto (13,230)
Kim Johnsson - Philadelphia (11,060)
Danny Markov - Carolina (10,381)
Adrian Aucoin - NY Islanders (9,986)
Dan Boyle - Tampa Bay (9,983)
Brian Rafalski - New Jersey (8,403)
Alexei Zhitnik - Buffalo (8,240)
Tom Poti - NY Rangers (7,321)
Roman Hamrlik - NY Islanders (6,912)
Janne Niinimaa - NY Islanders (6,748)
Chris Phillips - Ottawa (4,776)
Kenny Jonsson - NY Islanders (3,142)

GOALTENDERS:
Martin Brodeur - New Jersey (40,487)
Nikolai Khabibulin - Tampa Bay (20,991)
Ed Belfour - Toronto (20,503)
Jose Theodore - Montreal (12,718)
Patrick Lalime - Ottawa (12,199)
Mike Dunham - NY Rangers (8,702)
Roberto Luongo - Florida (8,660)
Olaf Kolzig - Washington (4,257)
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