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Associated Press
Nov 10, 2006, 5:28 PM EST

Maxim Afinogenov, Buffalo; Daniel Alfredsson, Ottawa; Patrice Bergeron, Boston; Daniel Briere, Buffalo; Rod Brind'Amour, Carolina; Erik Cole, Carolina; Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh; Chris Drury, Buffalo; Patrik Elias, New Jersey; Peter Forsberg, Philadelphia; Simon Gagne, Philadelphia; Brian Gionta, New Jersey; Scott Gomez, New Jersey; Dany Heatley, Ottawa; Marian Hossa, Atlanta.

Jaromir Jagr, N.Y. Rangers; Olli Jokinen, Florida; Saku Koivu, Montreal; Ilya Kovalchuk, Atlanta; Vincent Lecavalier, Tampa Bay; Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh; Michael Nylander, N.Y. Rangers Alex Ovechkin, Washington; Brad Richards, Tampa Bay; Miroslav Satan, N.Y. Islanders; Brendan Shanahan, N.Y. Rangers; Jason Spezza, Ottawa; Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay; Eric Staal, Carolina; Mats Sundin, Toronto.

Jay Bouwmeester, Florida; Dan Boyle, Tampa Bay; Brian Campbell, Buffalo; Zdeno Chara, Boston; Tomas Kaberle, Toronto; Bryan McCabe, Toronto; Chris Phillips, Ottawa; Brian Rafalski, New Jersey; Wade Redden, Ottawa; Sheldon Souray, Montreal; Henrik Tallinder, Buffalo; Alexei Zhitnik, N.Y. Islanders.

Martin Brodeur, New Jersey; Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh; Olaf Kolzig, Washington; Kari Lehtonen, Atlanta; Henrik Lundqvist, N.Y. Rangers; Ryan Miller, Buffalo; Andrew Raycroft, Toronto; Cam Ward, Carolina.


Jonathan Cheechoo, San Jose; Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit; Pavol Demitra, Minnesota; Shane Doan, Phoenix; Marian Gaborik, Minnesota; Martin Havlat, Chicago; Milan Hejduk, Colorado; Ales Hemsky, Edmonton; Jarome Iginla, Calgary; Paul Kariya, Nashville; Patrick Marleau, San Jose; Andy McDonald, Anaheim; Mike Modano, Dallas; Brenden Morrow, Dallas; Ladislav Nagy, Phoenix.

Rick Nash, Columbus; Markus Naslund, Vancouver; Brian Rolston, Minnesota; Joe Sakic, Colorado; Daniel Sedin, Vancouver; Henrik Sedin, Vancouver; Teemu Selanne, Anaheim; Ryan Smyth, Edmonton; Steve Sullivan, Nashville; Petr Sykora, Edmonton; Joe Thornton, San Jose; Keith Tkachuk, St. Louis; Doug Weight, St. Louis; Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit; Nikolai Zherdev, Columbus.

Rob Blake, Los Angeles; Scott Hannan, San Jose; Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit; John-Michael Liles, Colorado; Scott Niedermayer, Anaheim; Mattias Ohlund, Vancouver; Dion Phaneuf, Calgary; Chris Pronger, Anaheim; Robyn Regehr, Calgary; Mathieu Schneider, Detroit; Lubomir Visnovsky, Los Angeles; Sergei Zubov, Dallas.

Manny Fernandez, Minnesota; J.S. Giguere, Anaheim; Nikolai Khabibulin, Chicago; Miikka Kiprusoff, Calgary; Roberto Luongo, Vancouver; Dwayne Roloson, Edmonton; Marty Turco, Dallas; Tomas Vokoun, Nashville.
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Do you know where the site to vote on is? I can't seem to find it anywhere on :dunno:
Where do you vote? I can't seem to find it anywhere on the site.
Nevermind, I found it.
Amanda said:
Sorry I would have answered sooner but I never got my notification that there were other replies. It was a weird place for them to stick the link to vote though.
No problem. That's a weird place to put a link, but I managed to stumble upon.

Canadian Press
12/7/2006 8:01:20 PM

VANCOUVER (CP) - Roberto Luongo was tearing tape off his legs Thursday when he was asked if he's voted for teammate Rory Fitzpatrick for the all-star team yet.

"Five times," replied the Vancouver Canuck goaltender.

Coach Alain Vigneault admitted he's also cast a couple of ballots in Fitzpatrick's favour. So apparently have several thousand other people.

Trying to vote the journeyman defenceman on to the Western Conference team for the NHL all-star game has become a trend like reality TV. A spark that began with an Internet website has taken hold like wildfire. Fitzpatrick, who has played only 16 games this year after fracturing a bone in his heel, has garnered 144,819 votes, fifth most among Western Conference defenceman. That puts him ahead of teammate Mattias Ohlund and Scott Hannan of the San Jose Sharks.

This is nothing but a disgrace to the game. Rory Fitzpatrick?

Compared to the other "Professional" leagues out there, the NHL will continue to look like a joke.

There are some that say "who cares about the all-star weekend?" Well, I do. It's a time to showoff the Leagues best up to the half way point of the current season. Yes, there will always be controversy as to who does and does not make it in, but the talent of the league is the main reason the game is there, and it should continue to be that way. Even though we don't usually get it right (due to politics of the league, and for the most part, the Fan balloting), they've come close.

As a true Hockey fan that has been deeply concerned about the growth of the game for quite some time now, this just makes me shake my head.

I have not voted for Rory Fitzpatrick, nor do I intend to do anything of the sort.

EVER! :mad:
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faulkner91sf said:
Im pretty sure the Rory Fitzpatrick campaign was actually a joke, i never even heard of the guys until this thing, but he will probably play in the all star game as a joke to everyone in the league and to make the Canuck fans happy.
I know it was a joke, and it's a joke I don't like. A disgrace to that continues not to know how to run itself.

I remember in the beginning when he wasn't downplaying it at all. Eventually he realised what a mess it was and finally said somthing about it a month ago... which was way too late.

After riding the wave and for too long, even he's beginning to regret it. Imagine the embarrassment it's not only going to cause the league, but himself.

Rory results unveiled Tuesday
January 08, 2007

TORONTO (CP) -- The legions of fans trying to vote Rory Fitzpatrick into the NHL all-star game will find out Tuesday if they were successful.

The journeyman Vancouver Canucks defenceman, the beneficiary of an unlikely Internet campaign, sat third among Western Conference blue-liners when the results were last released Dec. 27.

Fan balloting for all-star starters ended last week and the final results will be unveiled on the U.S. TV network Versus during Tuesday's Detroit-Colorado game. In Canada, the news will be released during the French-language network RDS's broadcast of the Atlanta-Montreal game.

Fitzpatrick would have to move up to second among defencemen in the conference to get an invitation to the game, which will be played Jan. 24 in Dallas.

It's believed he fell short, which gets the league out of an uncomfortable position although the flip side is that the NHL's all-star fan balloting has never received this kind of buzz.

An Internet campaign helped garner 486,842 write-in votes for Fitzpatrick by Dec. 27. Many in the hockey world were appalled that a player with just one assist this season had received so many votes.
Thank God!
panoo said:
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For the most part, things went okay with the voting (other than the near "vote for Rory" fiasco of '07). The worst on the list is Jonothan Cheechoo, with 13 goals on the year in 36 Games Played.

It's not too bad this time. I've seen worse.
Not bad. One of the better all-star rosters in quite a while.

And good to see the best Leaf defencemen went, being Tomas Kaberle rather tha Bryan McCabe.
Actually, now that I browse through things again, is there any reason why Rod Brind'Amour didn't make it in ahead of Eric Staal?

As much as I like Staal, Brind'Amour should have made it in ahead of him IMO.

50 Points (13G, 17A) in 42 games, compared to 37 Points (19G, 18A)) is not even close.

It's not all about Points? I don't think I have to bring up Brind'Amour's leadership and such. This is just in-excuseable.

That, and Justin Williams making it in ahead of Ray Whitney.

I mean, it's not like these players are getting any younger, and they've both had well-deserving seasons.
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Ahead of Rob Brind'Amour or Ray Whitney? I have no idea.
Hasek burned by all-star snub
January 16, 2007

(CP) -- Dominik Hasek turns 42 at the end of the month, the latest sign that Father Time will soon force him to close out his stellar NHL career.

With that in mind, the Detroit Red Wings netminder has been quite public with his feelings of not getting a chance to play in next week's NHL all-star game in Dallas. It may likely have been his last chance.

"I was disappointed especially because I haven't played in it since 2002," Hasek said Tuesday from Detroit. "It's been a long time. It would have been a nice accomplishment to play in the all-star game again."

Calgary's Miikka Kiprusoff was a no-brainer to join Vancouver's Roberto Luongo, voted in by the fans, as the top two Western Conference netminders. Where the debate begins is whether Marty Turco of Dallas was a better choice over the likes of Hasek, Chris Mason in Nashville or J.S. Giguere in Anaheim.

The league's hockey operations department, perhaps feeling the pressure to have another Stars player for the hometown fans, selected the talented Turco.

"I cannot say I was shocked, but I was disappointed because my numbers are pretty good," Hasek said. "I felt like I deserved to be there. But on the other hand, I have to agree that Kiprusoff and Turco also have very good seasons."

Hasek's numbers suggest he's an all-star, tops in the NHL with a 1.98 goals-against average and third in wins at 24. His .914 save percentage ranks 12th. Turco has the fifth-best GAA in the NHL at 2.31 and is 15th with a .911 save percentage, also good numbers.
I don't like the guy, but he's got a point.

x-Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh, 825,783
x-Daniel Briere, Buffalo, 475,857
x-Alex Ovechkin, Washington, 475,297
Maxim Afinogenov, Buffalo, 469,431
Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh, 399,081
Chris Drury, Buffalo, 330,000
Jaromir Jagr, NY Rangers, 321,578
Erik Cole, Carolina, 255,063
Rod Brind'Amour, Carolina, 249,63

Ilya Kovalchuk, Atlanta, 226,602
3 of the top 10 votes went to them, and they're all having a pretty good year.

So why aren't they in Dallas, especially Brind'Amour? :dunno:
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