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Brodeur, Lecavalier Post Gains Among Eastern Conference Vote-Getters In Xm / Nhl All-Star Fan Balloting, Presented By 2k Sports

Tuesday, 12.18.2007 / 2:19 PM / News
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Brodeur, Lecavalier Post Gains Among Eastern Conference\r\nVote-Getters In Xm \/ Nhl All-Star Fan Balloting, Presented By 2k Sports\r\n\r\n

NEW YORK (December 18, 2007) – New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur and Tampa Bay Lightning center Vincent Lecavalier have posted gains among Eastern Conference vote-getters in the XM / NHL All-Star Fan Balloting, Presented by 2K Sports.  Brodeur has claimed the top spot among Eastern Conference goaltenders with 149,067 votes, passing previous frontrunner Cristobal Huet (137,418) of the Montreal Canadiens. Lecavalier‘s 168,792 votes are good for second place among forwards, behind overall leader Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (381,941). More than 9.2 million votes have been cast in the all-digital voting program.

 

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.

 
Crosby, Lecavalier and Ottawa Senators right wing Daniel Alfredsson (168,782) are the top vote-getters among forwards in the Eastern Conference. Huet’s teammate Andrei Markov (247,246) and Zdeno Chara (197,042) of the Boston Bruins are the leading defensemen. Brodeur is the top netminder in the East.
 
Updated balloting results for the Western Conference will be announced tomorrow.
 

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, courtesy 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. 

                       
XM / NHL All-Star Fan Balloting, Presented by 2K Sports

Eastern Conference

(as of 12/17/07)
Forwards
Player
NHL Club Votes

Forwards

Sidney Crosby

 Pittsburgh
 381,941

Vincent Lecavalier

 Tampa Bay
168,782

Daniel Alfredsson

 Ottawa

168,448

Daniel Briere

 Philadelphia
142,097

Alex Ovechkin

 Washington
127,844

Ilya Kovalchuk

 Atlanta
125,939

Dany Heatley

 Ottawa
96,818

Saku Koivu

 Montreal
93,435

Maxim Afinogenov

 Buffalo

80,693

Chris Drury

 NY Rangers

66,840

Evgeni Malkin

 Pittsburgh
63,779

Mats Sundin

 Toronto
59,929

*Alex Kovalev

 Montreal
56,954

Jaromir Jagr

 NY Rangers

54,600

Jason Blake

Toronto

53,946

Simon Gagne

Philadelphia

47,736

Jason Spezza

Ottawa

43,582

Thomas Vanek

Buffalo

42,754

Marian Hossa

Atlanta

41,910

*Mike Richards

Philadelphia

41,182

Martin St. Louis

Tampa Bay

35,009

Patrik Elias

New Jersey

33,445

Brendan Shanahan

NY Rangers

32,309

Eric Staal

Carolina

27,593

Vyacheslav Kozlov

Atlanta

27,349

Marc Savard

Boston

21,507

Bill Guerin

NY Islanders

19,918

Olli Jokinen

Florida

18,991

Scott Gomez

NY Rangers

18,012

Justin Williams

Carolina

16,792

Brian Gionta

New Jersey

13,734

*Nik Antropov

Toronto

11,094

Brad Richards

Tampa Bay

10,940
 
Defenseman

Andrei Markov

Montreal

247,246

Zdeno Chara

Boston

197,042

Brian Campbell

Buffalo

150,129

Tomas Kaberle

Toronto

144,277

Kimmo Timonen

Philadelphia

116,374

Wade Redden

Ottawa

110,377

Ryan Whitney

Pittsburgh

104,737

Jay Bouwmeester

Florida

101,722

Bryan McCabe

Toronto

82,790

Dan Boyle

Tampa Bay

78,326

Chris Phillips

Ottawa

76,863

Henrik Tallinder

Buffalo

64,418
 
Goalies

Martin Brodeur

New Jersey

149,067

Cristobal Huet

Montreal

137,418

Henrik Lundqvist

NY Rangers

133,185

Martin Biron

Philadelphia

94,717

Ryan Miller

Buffalo

65,026

Rick DiPietro

NY Islanders

42,079

Ray Emery

Ottawa

41,281

Cam Ward

Carolina

34,507

Olaf Kolzig

Washington

24,819

Tomas Vokoun

Florida

19,863