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Thornton Leads Western Conference Forwards In All-Star Voting

by Staff Writer / San Jose Sharks

Sharks center Joe Thornton leads all forwards in the All-Star fan voting and right wing Jonathan Cheechoo sits fourth in forward voting. Anaheim Ducks defenseman Scott Niedermayer leads all Western Conference vote-getters with 75,340 votes in COLD-fX/NHL All-Star Fan Balloting, Presented by 2K Sports. Teammate Chris Pronger is second with 70,733 votes. More than 2.8 million votes were cast in the first six days of the all-digital voting program.

 

 

Sharks fans looking to vote for the men in teal can click on the All-Star logo on the right side of the home page.

 

 

The voting will determine the starting lineups for the 2007 NHL All-Star Game, which will be played on Wednesday, Jan. 24, in Dallas (8 p.m. ET, VERSUS, CBC, RDS, NASN, NHL Radio).

 

 

The 2006-07 season marks the 19th year in which fans will determine the starting lineups for the NHL All-Star Game. Fans can vote for six Eastern Conference All-Stars and six Western Conference All-Stars: three forwards, two defensemen and one goaltender for each team. If a player is not listed on the ballot, a space is provided for write-in votes. The three forwards, two defensemen and one goaltender from each Conference receiving the most votes will comprise the starting lineups. Each of the 30 NHL Clubs has at least two representatives on the ballot.

 

 

Residents of the and who vote will be able to register for a chance to win a trip for two to the 2007 NHL All-Star Game. 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 Arena 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 and CBC and RDS in 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 inEurope. NHL RADIO on Westwood One will provide exclusive, national radio coverage in the and , while Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio each will provide radio play-by-play coverage of the game.

 

 

Below is a complete run down of the voting.

 

 

Forwards

 

 

Player             NHL Club          Votes

 

Joe Thornton       San Jose          64,098

 

Jarome Iginla      Calgary           55,064

 

Joe Sakic          Colorado          49,139

 

Jonathan Cheechoo  San Jose          39,935

 

Mike Modano        Dallas            31,066

 

Ryan Smyth         Edmonton          29,954

 

Teemu Selanne      Anaheim           29,437

 

Paul Kariya        Nashville         24,828

 

Martin Havlat      Chicago           24,792

 

Markus Naslund     Vancouver         23,068

 

Pavel Datsyuk      Detroit           21,547

 

Petr Sykora        Edmonton          21,339

 

Patrick Marleau    San Jose          21,094

 

Brendan Morrow     Dallas            20,879

 

Ales Hemsky        Edmonton          19,332

 

Marian Gaborik     Minnesota         18,511

 

Henrik Sedin       Vancouver         18,180

 

Daniel Sedin       Vancouver         17,912

 

Henrik Zetterberg  Detroit           17,666

 

Brian Rolston      Minnesota         17,015

 

Rick Nash          Columbus          15,677

 

Pavol Demitra      Minnesota         11,634

 

Milan Hejduk       Colorado          11,028

 

Steve Sullivan     Nashville         10,737

 

Andy McDonald      Anaheim           10,695

 

Doug Weight        St.
Louis         10,434

 

Keith Tkachuk      St.
Louis         8,470

 

Shane Doan         Phoenix           6,676

 

Ladislav Nagy      Phoenix           6,000

 

Nikolai Zherdev    Columbus          4,383

 

 

*write-in votes

 

 

Goaltenders

 

Miikka Kiprusoff   Calgary           50,750

 

Marty Turco        Dallas            38,005

 

Roberto Luongo     Vancouver         32,668

 

J.S. Giguere       Anaheim           30,126

 

Dwayne Roloson     Edmonton          27,781

 

Manny Fernandez    Minnesota         15,392

 

Thomas Vokoun      Nashville         13,566

 

Nikolai Khabibulin Chicago           11,917

 

 

Defensemen

 

Scott Niedermayer  Anaheim           75,340

 

Chris Pronger      Anaheim           70,733

 

Nicklas Lidstrom   Detroit           69,015

 

Dion Phaneuf       Calgary           61,079

 

Sergei Zubov       Dallas            31,154

 

Rob Blake          Los Angeles       27,930

 

Mattias Ohlund     Vancouver         20,035

 

John-Michael Liles Colorado          19,401

 

Robyn Regehr       Calgary           18,847

 

Scott Hannan       San Jose          17,245

 

Mathieu Schneider  Detroit           15,781

 

Lubomir Visnovsky  Los Angeles       13,842

 

 

 

 

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