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Thornton Continues To Lead All Western Conference Vote-Getters In COLD-fX / NHL All-Star Fan Balloting, Presented By 2K Sports

by Staff Writer / San Jose Sharks
San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton is the top vote-getter in the Western Conference with 535,134 votes in the COLD-fX/NHL All-Star Fan Balloting, Presented by 2K Sports. To date, more than 21 million votes have been cast in the all-digital voting program.  Fans may cast their ballots by clicking on the all-star logo on the lower right side of sjsharks.com.
 
Thornton, Sharks teammate Patrick Marleau (368,827) and Colorado Avalanche center Joe Sakic (363,720) are leading in votes among forwards.  However, Jonathan Cheechoo (335,960) is closely trailing in his bid to put three Sharks in the starting lineup.
 
Scott Niedermayer of the Anaheim Ducks (447,502) and write-in Rory Fitzpatrick of the Vancouver Canucks (428,832) hold the top spots in votes among defensemen. Roberto Luongo of the Canucks leads all goaltenders in votes with 367,528.
 
Through Jan. 2, fans around the world can "CLICK TO VOTE" for the Eastern and Western Conference All-Star starters for the 2007 NHL All-Star.
 
Residents of the United States and Canada who vote will be able to register for a chance to win a trip for two to the 2007 NHL All-Star Game in Dallas. As part of the sweepstakes, sponsored by COLD-fX, NHL great and 16-time All-Star Mark Messier will meet the winner and a guest at the NHL All-Star Game.
 
The 2007 NHL All-Star Celebration, hosted by the American Airlines Center in Dallas, will feature live national broadcasts of the Dodge Nitro/NHL SuperSkills event on Tuesday, Jan. 23, and the NHL All-Star Game on Wednesday, Jan. 24 on VERSUS in the United States and CBC and RDS in Canada starting at 8 p.m., ET. NASN, the NHL’s exclusive broadcast partner in Europe, will provide live coverage of the Dodge Nitro/NHL SuperSkills event and the NHL All-Star Game to more than 25 countries and territories in Europe. NHL RADIO on Westwood One will provide exclusive, national radio coverage in the United States and Canada, while Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio each will provide radio play-by-play coverage of the game.
 
Forwards
Joe Thornton San Jose 535,134
Patrick Marleau San Jose 368,827
Joe Sakic Colorado 363,720
Jonathan Cheechoo San Jose 335,960
Jarome Iginla Calgary 284,260
Markus Naslund Vancouver 280,989
Martin Havlat Chicago 243,251
Teemu Selanne Anaheim 241,353
Daniel Sedin Vancouver 235,122
Henrik Sedin Vancouver 234,424
Brenden Morrow Dallas 226,690
Mike Modano Dallas 183,102
Paul Kariya Nashville 137,008
Ryan Smyth Edmonton 135,337
Brian Rolston Minnesota 109,153
Pavel Datsyuk Detroit 108,090
Petr Sykora Edmonton 106,034
Henrik Zetterberg Detroit 98,033
Ales Hemsky Edmonton 96,581
*Milan Michalek San Jose 95,366
Marian Gaborik Minnesota 95,320
Andy McDonald Anaheim 85,261
Rick Nash Columbus 83,308
Milan Hejduk Colorado 75,814
Steve Sullivan Nashville 63,952
Pavol Demitra Minnesota 63,494
Ladislav Nagy Phoenix 63,284
Doug Weight St. Louis 62,236
Shane Doan Phoenix 59,753
Keith Tkachuk St. Louis 55,993
Nikolai Zherdev Columbus 52,800
 
Goaltenders
Roberto Luongo Vancouver 367,528
Miikka Kiprusoff Calgary 296,186
Marty Turco Dallas 294,762
Jean-Sebastien Giguere Anaheim 200,108
Dwayne Roloson Edmonton 169,694
*Vesa Toskala San Jose 120,773
Nikolai Khabibulin Chicago 111,061
Thomas Vokoun Nashville 97,658
Manny Fernandez Minnesota 86,885
 
Defensemen
Scott Niedermayer Anaheim 447,502
*Rory Fitzpatrick Vancouver 428,832
Nicklas Lidstrom Detroit 427,364
Chris Pronger Anaheim 340,941
Scott Hannan San Jose 333,610
Dion Phaneuf Calgary 317,576
Mattias Ohlund Vancouver 263,592
John-Michael Liles Colorado 187,493
Robyn Regehr Calgary 183,667
Sergei Zubov Dallas 172,334
Mathieu Schneider Detroit 144,782
Lubomir Visnovsky Los Angeles 139,012
Rob Blake Los Angeles 136,001
 
*write-in candidate
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