Posted by: kristagolden | November 14, 2011

Who are your All-Stars?

It’s roughly three months till the 2012 All-Star Game in Ottawa, and I speak for Emma when I say we’re excited to see this. The official ballot was released last week with a lot of the usual suspects and some surprise additions and omissions.

Six guys represent the Boston Bruins – Zdeno Chara, Tim Thomas, Nathan Horton, Milan Lucic, David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron. According to Emma, her top three would be Chara for his slap shot, Bergeron for the faceoff and Thomas…well, you know. (For his ability to look like he’s breakdancing when he’s in net, like he did at the ASG in 2008? -Emma) Also notice how it’s the entire top line getting nominated!

The Chicago Blackhawks also have six guys – Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, Marian Hossa, Patrick Sharp, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane made the cut this year. Last time, the Hawks were represented by Keith, Sharp, Toews and Kane. The boys had a great time of it – not only was Kaner named an alternate captain for Team Lidstrom, but Sharpie won MVP!

There are three other teams with six on the ballot – the Anaheim Ducks, Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers each are well represented. Well, maybe not so much the Flyers – Jaromir Jagr (one of our resident Men We Can’t Stand) is on the ballot for the first time in three years.

There are some notable inclusions this year – both Sidney Crosby and Marc Staal are on the ballot despite their injuries (as of this post, Crosby has still not been completely cleared to play, and Staal hasn’t played with the New York Rangers at all this season due to a concussion). It’ll be interesting to see if they’re voted in by the fans or included by the league. And would someone please explain how and why Andrew Ladd got on the ballot? Eww.

And the notable exclusions? Well, how about Tyler Seguin and Corey Crawford for starters? Neither one are on the ballot, and they have some company – Jose Theodore, Michal Neuvirth, Semyon Varlamov, Jimmy Howard, Shea Weber and Alex Burrows are all on the outside looking in, so to speak. But we can vote them in just the same, as I’ll explain shortly.

Now then, voting has begun on every language’s website. You’ll be able to vote for either the players on the ballot or a player you can nominate as a write-in (like the League of Extraordinary Left-Behinds above). There are two ways to vote:

  • The simplest way would be to go to NHL.com/vote and vote that way. Each player will have video highlights and stats, and you can even vote for just one player. You can also use the mobile version of nhl.com if you own a fancy smartphone.
  • You can also text your vote to the shortcode 81812 if you don’t own a fancy smartphone–just text the last name of your player of choice. (If you want to vote for someone with a common last name, it’ll text you back asking you to clarify.) Message and data rates may apply, of course.

And here’s the best part: if you vote online, you can enter to win a trip for two to the All-Star Game! If that’s not incentive to vote, I don’t know what is.

Voting runs till January 4th. As they say in Chicago, vote early and often!

– Krista


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