Four Stars on All-Star Ballot
November 10, 2006
The National Hockey League released its fan ballot today for the 2007 All-Star Game, to be held at American Airlines Center in Dallas on January 24, and four Dallas Stars -- center Mike Modano, left wing Brenden Morrow, goaltender Marty Turco and defenseman Sergei Zubov -- are hoping to don All-Star jerseys on their home ice.
For the first time ever, the NHL-All Star fan balloting process will be entirely digital. From November 15 through January 2, fans around the world can vote for the Eastern and Western Conference All-Star starters for the 2007 NHL All-Star Game on-line at DallasStars.com, as well as NHL.com.
The 2006-07 season marks the 19th year in which fans will determine the starting lineups for the NHL All-Star Game. 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. 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. COLD-fX, the Official Immune Enhancer of the NHL and NHLPA, is the title sponsor of the online balloting process, while and 2K Sports, a leading publisher next generation sports video, is the presenting sponsor.
Modano has skated in six NHL All-Star Games, including the last two midseason classics -- 2003 in South Florida and 2004 in Minnesota. Through 16 games this season, Modano has posted eight goals and four assists for 12 points, good for first on the club in goals and tied for first in points. He is also tied for first in the league in game-winning goals (3). With 493 career goals and 1,195 career points, Modano is on pace this season to move into first place on the all-time goals and points lists by an American-born player in NHL history (Joe Mullen, 502 goals; Phil Housley, 1,232 points).
Turco has appeared in last two NHL All-Star Games (2003, 2004) and currently ranks first in the NHL in wins (10) and goals-against-average (1.84), second in save percentage (.931) and tied for sixth in shutouts (1). In his first All-Star Game in 2003, Turco earned the win for the Western Conference after stopping 10-of-11 shots in regulation and turning aside 3-of-4 shootout attempts.
The 2007 NHL All-Star Celebration will feature live national broadcasts of the Dodge Nitro/NHL SuperSkills event on Tuesday, Jan. 23 and the NHL All-Star Game on Wednesday, Jan. 24 on VERSUS, starting at 7 p.m. CT. NHL RADIO on Westwood One will provide exclusive national radio coverage in the United States and Canada, while Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio each will provide radio play-by-play coverage of the game.