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Theo Fleury Makes Bid for First Career All-Star Game Start

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
New York Rangers right wing THEOREN FLEURY, the NHL’s leading scorer with 49 points (21 goals, 28 assists) in 34 games, holds the second starting spot among North America All-Star wings in Wendy’s NHL All-Star Vote 2001 to determine the starting line-ups for the 51st NHL All-Star Game presented by Nortel Networks, Sunday, February 4, 2001 in Denver (2:30 PM ET, ABC, CBC, SRC). The top NHL players representing the United States and Canada will compromise the North America All-Star Team, who will face the top NHL players from the rest of the world.

Anaheim’s Paul Kariya, with 92,918 votes, and FLEURY (83,748) hold the two starting positions at wing, ahead of Dallas’ Brett Hull (third, 73,865) and Detroit’s Brendan Shanahan (fourth, 65,064). FLEURY, who has played in six NHL All-Star Games, is in quest of his first start.

Three members of the Colorado Avalanche lead their respective categories on the North America All-Star ballot: Defenseman Ray Bourque (114,469), goaltender Patrick Roy (94,152) and center Joe Sakic (66,560).

From November 2, 2000 through January 12, 2001, Wendy’s NHL All-Star Vote 2001 is providing fans the opportunity to vote for their favorite players and determine the starting line-ups for the NHL All-Star Game presented by Nortel Networks. Fans may cast ballots at NHL arenas, at select Wendy’s Restaurants in the United States and online at NHL.com. This year marks Wendy’s third season as title sponsor of the NHL All-Star Fan Balloting in the United States, with Dodge returning as presenting sponsor.

Fans may vote for six North America All-Stars and six World All-Stars, selecting two wings, two defensemen, one center and one goaltender for each club. If a player is not listed, a space is provided for write-in votes. The top two wings and defensemen, and the top center and goaltender from each club receiving the most votes will compromise the starting line-ups. Voters will be entered into a sweepstakes, with prizes including an all-new 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan.

The NHL All-Star Game is the centerpiece of NHL All-Star Weekend presented by Nortel Networks, which also includes the Conoco/NHL All-Star Practice, Heroes of Hockey Game and Dodge/NHL SuperSkills Competition on Saturday, February 3 and NHL All-Star FANtasy, the interactive hockey theme park that gives fans an opportunity to enjoy the experience of an NHL All-Star event. NHL All-Star FANtasy runs from January 31 – February 3 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.
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