Wayne Gretzky, Gordie Howe and Bobby Orr are among the all-time greats whom hockey fans around the world can elect to the NHL Legendary All-Star Team brought to you by Nextel. The voting will run from Nov. 1-Dec. 31 as part of an enhanced 2004 Best Buy/NHL All-Star Fan Balloting Program presented by PlayStation®2. The ballot includes all retired NHL players who were selected to seven or more NHL All-Star Games.
Voting will be conducted via Nextel phones in the United States, through an electronic ballot on the League's website (NHL.com), through an additional panel on the paper All-Star ballots at all 30 NHL arenas and via broadband kiosks at 580 Best Buy locations in the U.S. Fans voting with their Nextel phones can enter a sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip to the 2004 NHL
All-Star Weekend, where the NHL Legendary All-Star Team brought to you by Nextel will be announced. Vintage Hockey jerseys will be awarded as secondary prizes.
The NHL is celebrating its rich heritage this season with an expanded Vintage Program that includes six teams wearing historic jerseys in home and home matchups, the NHL Heritage Classic (an outdoor game between Edmonton and Montreal on Nov. 22), and the NHL Legendary All-Star Team brought to you by Nextel.
The 2004 NHL All-Star Game will be played on Sunday, Feb. 8, at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn., and can be seen live on ABC in the United States and CBC in Canada starting at 3 p.m., ET. The contest will be broadcast to more than 217 countries and territories worldwide.
The NHL All-Star Game is the centerpiece of NHL All-Star Weekend, which includes the Kellogg's Frosted Flakes/NHL All-Star Practice, the Dodge/NHL SuperSkills Competition and the NHL YoungStars Game presented by Upper Deck on Saturday, Feb. 7, and NHL All-Star FANtasy. NHL All-Star FANtasy is a one-of-a-kind hockey and entertainment extravaganza that will be staged at RiverCentre in St. Paul from Tuesday, Feb. 3 through Saturday, Feb. 7.
FANtasy will offer fans the chance to participate in and experience more than 30 hockey-themed attractions and exhibits.NEW YORK RANGERS ON BALLOT:
LW - Don Marshall (Mtl, NYR)
RW - Andy Bathgate (NYR/Tor)
RW - Mike Gartner (Wsh, Min, NYR, Tor)
RW - Rod Gilbert (NYR)
RW - Jari Kurri (Edm, LA, Col, NYR)
C - Wayne Gretzky (Edm, LA, NYR)
D - Bill Gadsby (Chi, Det, NYR)
D - Doug Harvey (Mtl, NYR, St.L)
D - Harry Howell (NYR, Oak)
D - Kevin Lowe (Edm, NYR)
D - Brad Park (NYR, Bos)