NEW YORK — Nicklas Lidstrom and Henrik Zetterberg of the Detroit Red Wings lead all Western Conference vote-getters in the XM / NHL All-Star Fan Balloting, Presented by 2K Sports. Lidstrom's 80,903 votes top the West, followed by Zetterberg with 58,074. Closing in for the third top spot is Calgary Flames defenseman Dion Phaneuf with 56,664 votes. The all-digital voting program, launched just six days ago, already has resulted in more than 2.15 million votes being cast.
The voting will determine the starting lineups for the 2008 NHL All-Star Game, which will be played on Sunday, Jan. 27 in Atlanta (6 p.m. ET, VERSUS, CBC, RDS, NASN, NHL Radio). 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.
Zetterberg, Calgary Flames right wing Jarome Iginla (42,552) and Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk (39,041) lead all forwards in votes. Lidstrom and Phaneuf are the front-runners among defensemen. Pascal Leclaire of the Columbus Blue Jackets tops all Western Conference goaltenders with 37,574 votes.
Through Jan. 2, fans around the world can go online at NHL.com to "Vote Now, Vote Often" for the Eastern and Western Conference All-Star starters for the 2008 NHL All-Star Game. U.S. fans also can cast votes through Verizon Wireless Mobile Web 2.0-enabled phones.
On NHL.com, the XM/NHL All-Star Fan Balloting, Presented by 2K Sports section features an interactive ballot, showcasing players with video clips, photos and virtual video game highlights created from in-game NHL® 2K8 footage. Residents of the United States and Canada who vote are able to register for a chance to win a variety of daily prizes, including XM XpressRC radios with three months of free service, 2K Sports games, autographed 2008 NHL All-Star jerseys and shop.NHL.com gift certificates.
One grand-prize winner will receive a trip for two to attend the 2008 NHL All-Star Game as guests of XM. The winner will watch the game in a private suite with former NHL players. Additionally, each registered voter will automatically qualify to receive a 14-day free trial of XM Radio Online.
Verizon Wireless customers can vote and can register for the sweepstakes by voting using their Mobile Web 2.0-enabled phones. The process is simple: launch the Mobile Web browser, select Sports, select NHL Mobile and then select All-Star Balloting. To vote, follow the instructions on the screen.
The 2008 NHL All-Star Weekend in Atlanta will feature live national broadcasts of the Dodge/NHL SuperSkills event on Saturday, Jan. 26 and the NHL All-Star Game on Sunday, Jan. 27 on VERSUS in the United States and CBC and RDS in Canada. NASN and other international broadcasters will provide live coverage of both the Dodge/NHL SuperSkills event and the NHL All-Star Game to more than 115 countries and territories in Europe. NHL RADIO on Westwood One will provide exclusive, national radio coverage which can be heard on stations around the United States and Canada as well as on XM Satellite Radio's NHL Home Ice and NHL.com.
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XM / NHL All-Star Fan Balloting, Presented by 2K Sports Western Conference (as of 11/19/07)
Player, NHL Club, VotesHenrik Zetterberg, Detroit, 58,074 Jarome Iginla, Calgary, 42,552Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit, 39,041Joe Sakic, Colorado, 33,307Mike Cammalleri, Los Angeles, 32,650Joe Thornton, San Jose, 28,117Paul Stastny, Colorado, 25,408Jonathan Cheechoo, San Jose, 23,802Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim, 20,546Marian Gaborik, Minnesota, 20,539Rick Nash, Columbus, 20,508Jason Arnott, Nashville, 19,015Mike Modano, Dallas, 17,753Paul Kariya, Saint Louis, 13,994Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles, 13,203Ales Hemsky, Edmonton, 11,122Shane Doan, Phoenix, 10,787Ryan Smyth, Colorado, 10,634Martin Havlat, Chicago, 8,948Milan Hejduk, Colorado, 8,832Andy McDonald, Anaheim, 6,965Brian Rolston, Minnesota, 6,774Patrick Marleau, San Jose, 6,289Daymond Langkow, Calgary, 6,175Keith Tkachuk, Saint Louis, 5,801Markus Naslund, Vancouver, 5,796Henrik Sedin, Vancouver, 5,075*Patrick Kane, Chicago, 4,019Daniel Sedin, Vancouver, 3,699Brenden Morrow, Dallas, 3,568David Legwand, Nashville, 2,279
Defensemen Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit, 80,903Dion Phaneuf, Calgary, 56,664Chris Pronger, Anaheim, 41,046Rob Blake, Los Angeles, 30,393Francois Beauchemin, Anaheim, 22,954Brian Rafalski, Detroit, 22,054Sheldon Souray, Edmonton, 18,018Scott Hannan, Colorado, 17,741Sergei Zubov, Dallas, 16,082Ed Jovanovski, Phoenix, 14,249Lubomir Visnovsky, Los Angeles, 12,479Mattias Ohlund, Vancouver, 11,840Robyn Regehr, Calgary, 7,382
Goaltenders Pascal Leclaire, Columbus, 37,574Roberto Luongo, Vancouver, 34,050Dominik Hasek, Detroit, 21,062Niklas Backstrom, Minnesota, 19,756Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Anaheim, 18,325Miikka Kiprusoff, Calgary, 17,026Evgeni Nabokov, San Jose, 11,246Nikolai Khabibulin, Chicago, 8,592Marty Turco, Dallas, 8,400*write-in candidate####