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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.






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





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





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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