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Four Rangers Appear on 2003 NHL All-Star Ballot

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

Show your Blueshirt support as Pavel Bure, Brian Leetch, Eric Lindros and Mike Richter have been selected as the Rangers' representatives on the 2003 NHL All-Star ballot.

You can cast your vote on-line for your favorite players to participate in the 53rd NHL All-Star Game, presented by Nextel, which will take place on Sunday, February 2, 2003 at the Office Depot Center in Sunrise, Florida. The game can be seen live on ABC in the United States and CBC in Canada starting at 2:30 PM ET. The contest will be broadcast to more than 170 countries worldwide.

The 2003 All-Star Game will be played in an Eastern Conference versus Western Conference format. This format replaces the North America versus the World format played for the last five seasons. Fan votes will determine the starting lineups for the game. The fans are responsible for choosing two wings, two defensemen, one center and one goaltender for both the Eastern and Western Conference teams.

Voting will be conducted through electronic ballots on and via paper ballots at all 30 NHL arenas.

The NHL All-Star Game is the centerpiece of NHL All-Star Weekend presented by Nextel, which includes the Dodge/NHL SuperSkills Competition and Topps/NHL YoungStars Game on Saturday, February 1 and the NHL All-Star Block Party presented by Nextel. The NHL All-Star Block Party, which runs from January 30 - February 1, is a 300,000 square-foot interactive hockey and entertainment festival adjacent to the Office Depot Center.



Bure, 31, has appeared in six All-Star Games and has been voted to seven. He did not appear in the 1996 match due to injury. He was also named the most valuable player of the 200 game, registering three goals and one assist for four points. In his six appearances, he has registered seven goals and seven assists for 14 points.

Lindros, 29, has also appeared in six All-Star Games while being named to seven. He did not appear in last seasons' match due to injury. In his six appearances, he has totaled three goals and two assists for five points.

Leetch, 34, has skated in nine previous All-Star Games while being selected to 10 games. He missed the 1993 game due to injury. In his nine appearances, he has recorded two assists.

Richter, 36, was named the most valuable player for the All-Star Game played at Madison Square Garden in 1994 and has appeared in three others.
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