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Five Rangers Appear on 2004 NHL All-Star Ballot

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

The National Hockey League today announced the players who will appear on the 2004 NHL All-Star Game ballot and the list includes five New York Rangers.

Blueshirt forwards Alex Kovalev and Eric Lindros join defensemen Brian Leetch, Tom Poti and goaltender Mike Dunham (right) on the list.

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, from November 1 through December 31.

Voting will be conducted through an electronic ballot on, 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 United States.

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 or through an additional panel on the All-Star ballot. The ballot for the Legendary All-Star Team includes some of the greatest All-Star Game participants in NHL history. The team will be announced at All-Star Weekend.

Fans voting via paper ballots in NHL arenas will receive coupons for discounts on PlayStation 2 products, along with the chance to win a trip to the 2005 NHL All-Star Game, PlayStation 2 computer entertainment systems and Best Buy gift cards. Fans voting on and at Best Buy stores also are eligible to enter the sweepstakes.

The 2004 NHL All-Star Game will be played on Sunday, February 8, at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, and can be seen live on ABC in the United States and CBC in Canada starting at 3:00 PM ET. The game 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, February 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, February 3 through Saturday, February 7. FANtasy will offer fans the chance to participate in and experience more than 30 hockey-themed attractions and exhibits.

The 2003-04 season marks the 18th year in which fans will determine the starting lineups for the All-Star Game. Fans can vote for six Eastern Conference All-Stars and six Western Conference All-Stars: two wings, two defensemen, one center and one goaltender for each team. If a player is not listed on the ballot, a space is provided for 'write-in votes. The two wings and defensemen, and the center and goaltender from each conference receiving the most votes will comprise the starting lineups for the 2004 NHL All-Star Game. Each of the 30 NHL Clubs has at least one representative on the ballot.
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