NHL Opens All-Star Fan Balloting November 15

Fans Can Vote at NHL.com, Facebook & Via Mobile Devices League-High Six Players from Champion Blackhawks Among 100 on Ballot

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NHL Opens All-Star Fan Balloting November 15
NEW YORK (November 12, 2010) – Starting November 15, fans around the world can vote for their top six All-Stars in the 2011 NHL All-Star Fan Balloting. For the fourth straight NHL® All-Star Game, the balloting process is entirely digital, offering sports’ most tech-savvy fans the ability to vote as often as they like via mobile devices and online at NHL.com/vote. In addition, fans this season can vote on Facebook (facebook.com/NHL), as the NHL All-Star fan voting process comes to the social networking platform for the first time.

Through Jan. 3, NHL fans will be able to select up to six players by position - three forwards, two defensemen and one goaltender – without regard to the Conference in which their teams play for in the 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover in Raleigh, N.C. As part of a new format for the 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover, the three forwards, two defensemen and goalie with the most votes will be named first NHL All-Stars.

“The All-Star Fan Balloting has always been about fan engagement and giving fans the chance to see their favorite players face-off in the All-Star Game,” said Brian Jennings, NHL Executive Vice President of Marketing. “The exciting changes to the format for the All-Star Game and Honda NHL SuperSkills should spark the intensity in this year’s balloting process.”

The defending Stanley Cup® champion Chicago Blackhawks have placed a League-high six players on the 100-name ballot, led by 2010 Playoffs MVP Jonathan Toews. Joining the Blackhawks captain are defensemen Brian Campbell, Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook plus forwards Marian Hossa and Patrick Kane.

Twenty-year-old center Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning, who leads the League in goals and points this season and whose 51 goals last season tied him with Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby for the goal-scoring title, is making his first career appearance on the All-Star ballot. Other 20-year-olds making their All-Star ballot debuts are defenseman Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings, who followed Stamkos to the stage as the second overall selection in the 2008 Entry Draft, and center John Tavares of the New York Islanders, the first overall selection in 2009.

NHL.com/vote, the microsite for 2011 NHL All-Star Fan Balloting, will feature interactive English and French ballots. Each player ballot includes video highlights and real-time player statistics. Fans will be permitted to select as few as one player - a balloted player or write-in - per online ballot. The NHL.com/vote ballot will be optimized for iPad users.

Mobile users in the U.S. and Canada will be able to cast their votes via text message using any mobile device and wireless carrier. To vote via text message using any wireless carrier, fans should text their favorite player’s last name to the shortcode 81812. Message and data rates may apply.

Fans in North America have the additional option of a mobile ballot available on iPhone, Android and all Blackberry devices, using any wireless carrier.

During the six-week voting period, each player position will command the stage on the NHL on Facebook page for two weeks. First up on the social network platform’s ballot will be forwards. Fans will be able to vote for up to three forwards from Nov. 15-29. From Nov. 30-Dec. 12, fans can cast their votes for up to two defensemen per online ballot. During the last two weeks of voting, until the Jan. 3 closing period, fans will be able to vote for their top goaltender on Facebook.com/NHL. The NHL recently eclipsed 1 million fans on Facebook.

Upon submitting every ballot on NHL.com/vote and Facebook.com/NHL, fans can share their selections via Facebook and Twitter with “I Voted” messages, directing others to cast their votes online.

The NHL will announce voting results every Tuesday, starting November 23.

Eligible residents of the United States and Canada who vote online at NHL.com/vote or via NHL on Facebook (facebook.com/NHL) will be able to enter for a chance to win one grand prize: a trip for two to attend the 2011 NHL All-Star Weekend in Raleigh. There is no purchase necessary to enter or win. For sweepstakes rules, visit NHL.com/vote.

The NHL will promote NHL All-Star Fan Balloting across its TV, print, online, in-arena, social networking and wireless advertising platforms. Promotional support will be provided by the NHL Network™, NHL Radio™ and broadcast partners VERSUS (U.S.), CBC (Canada) and RDS (Canada). Promotional materials for the campaign, in both English and French, will launch on Monday, Nov. 15, the first day of voting.

ePrize designed and developed the NHL.com/vote and NHL on Facebook ballots as well as the mobile websites. Telescope, Inc., a pioneer in mobile solutions and participation TV, developed the text-to-vote program for the 2011 NHL All-Star Fan Balloting.

The 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover will mark the first time Carolina has hosted NHL All-Star activities. The League’s mid-season spectacular will take place Saturday, January 29 and Sunday, January 30 and will include Honda NHL SuperSkills and the 58th NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover at RBC Center. Live television coverage of both nights will be provided by VERSUS in the U.S. and CBC and RDS in Canada. The Honda NHL SuperSkills will begin at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, and the 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover will start at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday.

Each NHL club placed two or more players on the ballot. Following are the 100 players named to the ballot in the 2011 NHL All-Star Fan Balloting:

2011 NHL ALL-STAR FAN BALLOT

Goaltenders
Craig Anderson, Colorado Avalanche
Niklas Backstrom, Minnesota Wild
Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils
Ilya Bryzgalov, Phoenix Coyotes
Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh Penguins
Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Toronto Maple Leafs
Jaroslav Halak, St. Louis Blues
Nikolai Khabibulin, Edmonton Oilers
Miikka Kiprusoff, Calgary Flames
Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers
Roberto Luongo, Vancouver Canucks
Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres
Antti Niemi, San Jose Sharks
Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings
Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators
Tim Thomas, Boston Bruins
Tomas Vokoun, Florida Panthers
Cam Ward, Carolina Hurricanes

Defensemen
Jay Bouwmeester, Calgary Flames
Dan Boyle, San Jose Sharks
Dustin Byfuglien, Atlanta Thrashers
Brian Campbell, Chicago Blackhawks
Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins
Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings
Tobias Enstrom, Atlanta Thrashers
Sergei Gonchar, Ottawa Senators
Mike Green, Washington Capitals
Dan Hamhuis, Vancouver Canucks
Ed Jovanovski, Phoenix Coyotes
Tomas Kaberle, Toronto Maple Leafs
Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks
Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings
Andrei Markov, Montreal Canadiens
Paul Martin, Pittsburgh Penguins
Bryan McCabe, Florida Panthers
Dion Phaneuf, Toronto Maple Leafs
Joni Pitkanen, Carolina Hurricanes
Chris Pronger, Philadelphia Flyers
Brian Rafalski, Detroit Red Wings
Stephane Robidas, Dallas Stars
Brent Seabrook, Chicago Blackhawks
Marc Staal, New York Rangers
Mark Streit, New York Islanders
Ryan Suter, Nashville Predators
Kimmo Timonen, Philadelphia Flyers
Shea Weber, Nashville Predators
Marek Zidlicky, Minnesota Wild

Forwards
Daniel Alfredsson, Ottawa Senators
Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals
Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins
David Booth, Florida Panthers
Danny Briere, Philadelphia Flyers
Michael Cammalleri, Montreal Canadiens
Jeff Carter, Philadelphia Flyers
Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings
Shane Doan, Phoenix Coyotes
Johan Franzen, Detroit Red Wings
Marian Gaborik, New York Rangers
Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks
Brian Gionta, Montreal Canadiens
Dany Heatley, San Jose Sharks
Milan Hejduk, Colorado Avalanche
Ales Hemsky, Edmonton Oilers
Marian Hossa, Chicago Blackhawks
Jarome Iginla, Calgary Flames
Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks
Phil Kessel, Toronto Maple Leafs
Mikko Koivu, Minnesota Wild
Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings
Ilya Kovalchuk, New Jersey Devils
David Krejci, Boston Bruins
Vincent Lecavalier, Tampa Bay Lightning
Patrick Marleau, San Jose Sharks
Brenden Morrow, Dallas Stars
Rick Nash, Columbus Blue Jackets
TJ Oshie, St. Louis Blues
Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
Zach Parise, New Jersey Devils
Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks
Brad Richards, Dallas Stars
Mike Richards, Philadelphia Flyers
Derek Roy, Buffalo Sabres
Bobby Ryan, Anaheim Ducks
Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Canucks
Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks
Teemu Selanne, Anaheim Ducks
Ryan Smyth, Los Angeles Kings
Jason Spezza, Ottawa Senators
Eric Staal, Carolina Hurricanes
Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning
Paul Stastny, Colorado Avalanche
Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning
John Tavares, New York Islanders
Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks
Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks
RJ Umberger, Columbus Blue Jackets
Thomas Vanek, Buffalo Sabres
Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit Red Wings