November 10, 2006The National Hockey League released its fan ballot today for the 2007 All-Star Game, to be held at American Airlines Center in Dallas on January 24, and four Dallas Stars -- center Mike Modano, left wing Brenden Morrow, goaltender Marty Turco and defenseman Sergei Zubov -- are hoping to don All-Star jerseys on their home ice.
For the first time ever, the NHL-All Star fan balloting process will be entirely digital. From November 15 through January 2, fans around the world can vote for the Eastern and Western Conference All-Star starters for the 2007 NHL All-Star Game on-line at DallasStars.com, as well as NHL.com. "It's a honor being named on the All-Star ballot and it would be an even bigger honor to play in the game in our home building, in front of our fans," said Modano. "Having the game here in Dallas will be wonderful, it's a great reward for the hockey fans in Dallas and I can't wait for it to get here. Hopefully all four of us are selected to play in the game so the Dallas Stars are well-represented."
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. 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. COLD-fX, the Official Immune Enhancer of the NHL and NHLPA, is the title sponsor of the online balloting process, while and 2K Sports, a leading publisher next generation sports video, is the presenting sponsor.
"It would be a huge honor to play in an All-Star Game in your own building, and it's pretty safe to say there's only one opportunity in most careers to do that," said Turco. "I know that the party and festivities are going to meet the high Texas standards, and I'd love the chance take my net and play in front of mostly our fans."
Modano has skated in six NHL All-Star Games, including the last two midseason classics -- 2003 in South Florida and 2004 in Minnesota. Through 16 games this season, Modano has posted eight goals and four assists for 12 points, good for first on the club in goals and tied for first in points. He is also tied for first in the league in game-winning goals (3). With 493 career goals and 1,195 career points, Modano is on pace this season to move into first place on the all-time goals and points lists by an American-born player in NHL history (Joe Mullen, 502 goals; Phil Housley, 1,232 points). Looking to be selected to his first NHL All-Star Game, Morrow is currently tied for first on the club in points (12) and game-winning goals (3), second in goals (6) and tied for third in assists (6). His three game-winning goals rank him tied for first in the NHL in that category. Morrow is coming off a 2005-06 season that saw him set new career highs in points (65) and assists (42).
Turco has appeared in last two NHL All-Star Games (2003, 2004) and currently ranks first in the NHL in wins (10) and goals-against-average (1.84), second in save percentage (.931) and tied for sixth in shutouts (1). In his first All-Star Game in 2003, Turco earned the win for the Western Conference after stopping 10-of-11 shots in regulation and turning aside 3-of-4 shootout attempts. Zubov, who finished third in the Norris Trophy voting last season as the league's best defenseman, has appeared in three NHL All-Star Games (1998, 1999, 2000) in his career. Zubov has recorded one goal and six assists for seven points thus far in 2006-07, ranking him tied for third on the club in assists and tied for sixth in scoring.
The 2007 NHL All-Star Celebration 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, starting at 7 p.m. CT. 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.