Rory Fitzpatrick Finishes 3rd in All-Star Balloting

January 9, 2007

550,177 votes a record for write-in candidate

Rory FitzpatrickIn a testament to the power of fans on the internet, Vancouver Canucks defenseman Rory Fitzpatrick as a write-in candidate received 550,177 votes but finished third in the contest for the two starting Western Conference defenseman for the 2007 NHL All-Star game scheduled for January 24 in Dallas.  Fitzpatrick was just 22,892 votes out of a starting spot, and just 41,500 votes behind first place This blog has contained comprehensive coverage of the Rory Fitzpatrick campaign. As of the release of week 6 voting results, Rory was 35,000 votes behind, but his 64,000 votes in the final week were not enough to close the gap

Media and blog coverage

Coverage of the Rory campaign mushroomed quickly after the campaign kicked off November 19. From November 20-January 12, I’ve catalogued with direct links 119 stories and links to audio and video coverage of the phenomenon, and 278 blog posts.

Technorati has generated a neat updating graph that shows blog posts that mention Rory Fitzpatrick for the last 60 days.
Technorati Chart

and that mention the NHL All-Star game in the last 60 days.
Technorati Chart 

The HF Boards

The campaign jumpstarted on November 19 with a thread started by Sabres fan Steve Schmid on HFBoards. By January 12 there were 13 discussion threads there with a total of 11,973 posts and 368,738 views. Another good Rory discussion thread is at the official Canucks.com message board, which as of January 8 had 1,757 posts and 57,940 views. Of course, there is also the original Something Awful thread, which as of January 13 has 1722 posts and 66,042 page views

VoteForRory.com

Steve Schmid’s website VoteForRory has great links on the left side of his page to YouTube videos, and the Facebook and MySpace groups devoted to the campaign. Check it out. By the end of voting on January 2, the site had received over 339,000 hits, and had climbed over 375,000 hits by January12.

Facebook and MySpace

As of January 2, 2007, a Facebook.com campaign group with 4,576 members and a MySpace.com group with 727 members were actively supporting the Rory campaign.

Rory on YouTube

 As of January 10, there were 31 different Rory Fitzpatrick videos up at YouTube, the most famous being two satirical attack ads posted December 10, one focused on Nicklas Lidstrom and viewed 44,256 times, and the other focused on Scott Niedermeyer and viewed 47,075 times.

Rory Fitzpatrick media coverage

January 1, 2007

Rory Fitzpatrick NHL All-Star Campaign

In late November 2006, an online write-in campaign began supporting Rory Fitzpatrick for the online balloting for the 2007 NHL All-Star game.  In final voting results, Rory finished in third place among Western Conference defensemen with 550,177 votes. The top two finishers got starting spots. Voting ended January 2, 2007.  There has been extensive media and blog coverage of the improbable campaign.

General coverage

I’ve put together a general post on the Rory Fitzpatrick campaign.

This entry covers stories December 1, 2006-present.

It does not cover more than 280 blog posts, for those, go here

Here’s a sampler of general media coverage, with 121 links as of January 14, 2007 (link on left is to the general website of the media outlet, link on right is to the specific story):

(updated January 14)

Delawareonline.com (1/14) Crosby keeping pace with expectations

Slam Sports (1/12) Saluting NHL’s lunchpail crew

MySA.com (1/12) David King: Vote for / votez pour Tony Parker (covers Rory, then links to a French site with both French and English versions boosting NBA Spurs player Tony Parker for the NBA All-Star game, including screensavers, videos, and a contest to win a trip from Paris to San Antonio. Voting ends January 21, if you are suffering NHL voting withdrawal)

Winnipeg Sun (1/12) Moose are ‘cookin

USA Today (1/11) Fitzpatrick glad he missed All-Star mention

The starting lineups for the NHL All-Star Game were announced Tuesday night, but the Vancouver Canucks defenseman had already received word that he wasn’t headed to Dallas. “It’s fine with me,” said Fitzpatrick, who is a lifelong resident of Irondequoit, N.Y., outside Rochester. “It’s over and that’s probably the best. The game will be played and will have all the stars in it.” Fitzpatrick was unwillingly thrust into the national hockey spotlight when Vote For Rory grew from a website message-board suggestion to an obsession for some fans … “It just continued to grow and grow,” Fitzpatrick said. “I didn’t try to encourage it or discourage it. I was more amazed at how it kept gaining momentum.” … He was never quite sure how to react to it all and felt awkward because he isn’t among the NHL’s elite players. But he was hurt when Don Cherry lashed out against him personally on a Hockey Night In Canada segment, calling him a freak and a joke. “That’s his gig. He likes to cause a commotion and he did,” Fitzpatrick said. “But that was just someone who wasn’t informed about the whole thing. It wasn’t my campaign. I wasn’t telling people to vote.”

Sports Illustrated (1/11) The 10 Spot

Edmonton Sun (1/10) Roar for Rory best all-star hype ever

Now that the whole goofy thing is over and nobody got hurt or seriously embarrassed, it’s amazing to step back and recognize that the NHL could have spent millions in publicity and never in a thousand years have gotten so much positive attention for the sport and for the all-star shindig as they did by accident. In a year – make that a century – when the NHL is suffering from the chronic indifference of a large segment of the American public, Fitzpatrick made more headlines south of the border than Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin and Marian Hossa, combined.

Vancouver Sun (1/10) Rory’s shot a glory was a gory prospect for NHL

SportsIllustrated.com (1/10) Luongo credits Fitzpatrick for All-Star start 

With 24 wins already this season, few would argue that Luongo deserved his place in the Jan. 24 showcase but the Canucks netminder believes he benefited from a rousing grassroots internet campaign to get the unheralded Fitzpatrick voted into the all-star contest. “Definitely, that’s given I think, anybody that’s a Canucks fan and voted for Rory probably threw in a vote for me at the same time,” Luongo said during a teleconference on Wednesday. “I definitely think it had a big influence.” Getting Fitzpatrick into the All-Star game had mushroomed into a North American-wide obsession when a fan set up the voteforrory.com Web site.

Washington Post (1/10) Luongo gets all-star start with a little help from team mate

Calgary Sun (1/10) Sid the Kid’s Star Rising

The Chronicle Herald (1/10) Vote-in candidate Rory Fitzpatrick falls short for spot on Western blue-line

Los Angeles Times (1/10) Niedermeyer elected to start

Canada.com (1/9) vote for Rory circus running out of steam

Edmonton Journal (1/9) All-star conundrum for coaches

usatoday.com (1/9) Internet voters about to weigh in on All-Star game 

cbc.sports (1/9) itsover_3652.jpgThe Instigator

canada.com (1/9) Vote Rory? We’re so sorry

The Province (1/9) Moment in sun nice while it lasted

Vancouver Sun (1/9) It’s Sorry, Rory, but hello Roberto

Sportsfan Magazine (1/9) Rory Story Ends Short of NHL All-Star Game

Sports Illustrated.com (1/8) Fitzpatrick cuts little ice time

sportsnet.ca (1/8) Rory results unveiled Tuesday

Reuters (1/8) Fitzpatrick to see little ice time if voted to All-Star game

Star-Telegram (1/5) Please Block the Rory Vote

Slam Sports (1/4) There is Still Glory for Rory (reports the week 6 results as if they were final totals)

NBCSports.com (1/3) Winging It: What’s next for the NHL All-Star Game

13wham.com (1/3) Former Amerk at Center of NHL Voting Controversy

espn.com (1/2) This column’s for you, the hockey-mad masses (John Buccigross column)

The Post-Standard (Syracuse) (1/1) Agitator of the Internet

USA Today (12/31) Notes: Orr, Brashear suspended, Fitzpatrick has a point

The Province (12/31) ALL-STAR GAME; 10 reasons to make ‘histoRory’

espn.com (12/30) Sedin’s two goals, assist, pace Canucks past Oilers Game notes (end of story)

tsn.ca (12/28) Hodge on WJHC points, Rory, and Sid

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Rory Fitzpatrick blog coverage

January 1, 2007

Rory Fitzpatrick NHL All-Star Campaign

In late November 2006, an online write-in campaign began supporting Rory Fitzpatrick for the online balloting for the 2007 NHL All-Star game.  In final voting results, Rory finished in third place among Western Conference defensemen with 550,177 votes. The top two finishers got starting spots. Voting ended January 2, 2007.  There has been extensive media and blog coverage of the improbable campaign. The first blog post on the Rory Fitzpatrick campaign appears to be from Boltsmag on November 20, 2006.

General coverage

I’ve put together a general post on the Rory Fitzpatrick campaign.

This entry covers blog posts November 20, 2006-present.

It does not cover general media stories, for more than 115 of those, go here

Here’s my catalogue of blog coverage, with 286 entries as of January 16, 2007 (link on left is to the blog, link on right is to the specific post), along in some cases with an excerpt from the post:

(updated 16 January)

James Mirtle (1/16) Rory as Vural Marketing

Kingdom of Fear (1/14) The NHL is a Joke … Especially the All Star Game … Vote for Rory

The Musings and Prophecies of Metstradamus (1/14) My Campaign

The Puck Stops Here (1/13) The Rory Fitzpatrick Affair

James Mirtle (1/13) NHL all-stars announced

Tom Benjamin’s NHL weblog (1/12) Rorygate

mc79hockey.com (1/12) Jewish Retirees for Pat Buchanan

A Bit Conciliatory (1/12) Not the Coolest Thing on Ice

Kukla’ Corner (1/12) Conspiracy Theory – All Star Edition

Off Wing Opinion (1/12) Did 100,000 NHL All-Star votes for Rory Fitzpatrick just disappear?

Out of Left Field (1/12) Hockey Last Night

Western College Hockey (1/11) I totally did not see this coming (copycat crime)

Wild Puck Banter (1/11) The Rory Hangover

Two for Elbowing (1/11) James Mirtle: Rory falls short – A hockey journalist’s blog

Deadspin (1/11) Vote for Rory Falls Short; Is There Something (Ice) Fishy Going On?

False Gods (1/10) ‘On the Kwan’ Special: Rory Fitzpatrick

You conducted yourself with exemplary grace in a situation that snowballed into circus-like proportions. You endured the barbs and brickbats of jerks such as Don Cherry and Wayne Gretzky with nary a retort (though we did love the one jab you allowed yourself, about how a couple of months ago no one cared about the all-star game and now it’s “so precious.”) Cherry went so far as to call you a “freak,” saying your fans were laughing at you, not with you. In typical fashion, his Coaches’ Corner rant was full of mistakes (like when he said you haven’t played all year). Gretzky said you didn’t deserve to be there, even if the fans did vote you in. Others said the campaign made a mockery of the all-star game.We tip our hats to you. By taking the high road, remaining modest and understated, you showed us all why so many were willing to try and get you into the starting lineup.

TossInTheTowel.com (1/10) #18 on the ice, but … er … #3 in our hearts?

Dan Murphy (1/10) Demanding a recount

James Mirtle (1/10) Rory falls short

Globe and Mail (1/10) Mirtle: Consider this a Vote for Rory

Globe and Mail (1/10) Duhatschek: The Fitzpatrick campaign, all in good fun

Orland Kurtenblog (1/10) Vote for Me and All Your Wildest Dreams Will Come True … Not

Jes Golbez’s Hockey Rants (1/10) Rory Fitzpatrick: All Star Dreams … Shattered

canspice.org (1/10) Rory Fitzpatrick, NHL All Star …

Aaron (1/10) NHL Fan Voting

Globe & Mail (1/10) Mike Brophy: it’s good to see Vote-for-Rory failed

Hockey Nation (1/10) Sorry, Rory!

Cancucks Hockey Blog (1/10) Close but no Cigar

Kukla’s Corner (1/10) No Rory – Good

FanIQ.com (1/10) Vote for Rory Fan Campaign Falls Short. Who’s Next?

Dan Shanoff (1/10) Wednesday 01/10 A.M. Quickie

The dream is over for Rory Fitzpatrick: The NHL’s story of the year – the write-in All-Star candidacy that earned a staggering 550K votes – fell 23,000 votes short. But it set a new standard for grassroots phenomena in the NHL and across fan-balloting in sports.

hlog {Hockey’s Ladies of Greatness} (1/10) If you didn’t vote for Rory, you let the enemy win

WarMojo.com (1/10) NHL All-Star Starting Line-Ups

Randball (1/10) Wednesday (Lebowski) Edition: Wha’ Happened?

Yorio’s Sporting Blog (1/9) Fans get NHL All-Stars Right – Even Rory

Finally, if the league has a heart and a conscience and a bit of a sense of humor, it sends Rory Fitzpatrick as well. The people have spoken and if you start Cheechoo over Selanne because of it, you put Fitzpatrick (who finished third in voting for defensemen in the west) on the team. It’s the right thing to do and for those in the league offices looking for a little media attention, this is a great story for outlets that don’t normally cover hockey and are looking for a little fun and human interest.  All in all, it was a job well done by the fans and the league just needs to round it out now for this year’s All-Star Game to have some pretty exciting potential.

Bleeding Blue and Gold (1/9) Sabres Dominate With Three All-Star Nods

Off Wing Opinion (1/9) Top Stories of the Night

Randball (1/9) The Man is trying to keep Rory down

Canucks Hockey blog (1/9) D-Day for Rory and Other Tidbits

stick in rink: a hockey blog (1/9) No more Rory

stick in rink: a hockey blog (1/9) NHL All-Star Eve

(Next year, can we see a way to vote in the refs? I want McGeough to know just how much fans do not appreciate him.)

Hockey Leaks (1/9) Rory’s No Star

The Voice in My Head Can Finally Speak Out (1/9) I had a girl; she was the best around (puts it all in perspective)

Kukla’s Corner (1/8) All Star coaches talk

ThePensblog.com (1/8) The Gatorade, Old Spice … Pensblog Recap … brought to you by Adidas

MNSpeak. com (1/6) All-Star Shenanigans (writer assumes Rory is in the starting lineup)

Cuddy Shark (1/5) Fans for Rory May be Delivering Payback

Warped (1/5) 2006 – the Year in Review: The Power of the Internet Award – “Vote for Rory”

Elliot Silverstein: Politics, new media, the mass media, and communications (1/4) Voting for the Underdog

“Critics like the CBC’s Scott Morrison have been vocal, stating that fans have exploited a “flaw” with the NHL’s voting system by casting ballots for someone who is “unworthy”.  Hockey Night in Canada’s Don Cherry even shared his thoughts recently calling the support of Fitzpatrick a joke. In this context, I disagree.  First and foremost, this is a ballot for an All-Star game, not a general election.  The process in place allows for multiple votes, and as such the results could be skewed by those who take the time to vote often.  The intention was for fans to vote for who they wanted to see in the lineup.  If the purpose was for only the “deserving” players who are having a good year to appear, then it defeats the purpose of the NHL allowing fans to select a write-in candidate.”

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Fitzpatrick on Facebook

December 30, 2006

[updated 1/3/2007] 

Online social networking groups with 5303 members boost the Rory campaign 

NHL all-star game voting is entirely online this year, so it’s fitting that both major social networking groups have large groups pushing Rory Fitzpatrick’s improbable write-in campaign.

Rory on Facebook 

The main facebook group ‘Vote in Rory Fitzpatrick at the NHL All-Star game’ (site registration required)  had 4,576 members by the end of voting on January 3. The facebook group was created by Riel Gallante of Universite Sainte-Anne, with both Gallante and Steve Schmid as admins.  The groups nine officers hail from seven different (mostly Canadian) schools.  The group page features a short bio of Rory, voting instructions, links to articles, audio, hfboards discussion threads, YouTube videos, and a link to the MySpace Rory group.There are 73 photos posted, 1014 wall posts, and a discussion board with 29 discussion threads with 292 posts. The group has even an offshoot Facebook group Cry Baby Don Cherry. In addition to the main Rory group at Facebook, there are 10 smaller Rory facebook groups with between 3 and 94 members each.

Some of the good wall posts at Facebook

Here’s a selection of some of the better wall posts on the Facebook group:

I say we all keep voting and when it comes down to crunch time we all have a mass vote where everybody on the internet absolutely unloads votes for rory moving him from 3rd to 1st in an unexpected, go for gold, explosion to the finish line that will leave bettman baffled. 

Teams made up of all highpriced all-stars dont ever do anything , look at Canada’s team in the Olympics, couldn’t have been better. Teams need the Rory’s because they are what holds the team together and wins games

Better 3rd now then next week. I think him being third woke everyone up and reminded ppl to vote. LET’S DO IT!

At first I was apathetic to this whole movement, I didn’t care that people were writing him in, but I wasn’t going to do it. But now I’ve got people all the way from Wayne Gretzky to the nobodies on message boards telling me that I shouldn’t want Rory in the game, and that voting for him would make me less of a hockey fan. Well I’ll be damned if anyone’s going to tell me who I want to see in the all-star game. I think this is a good oppritunity to show that it’s the fans of this sport that should have the say in what they want to see out there. It’s not going to hurt the game, in fact it might make it better. A lot of these “unskilled” guys have some cool tricks (think Marek Malik’s shoot-out goal last year) and if that’s who the fans want to see then that’s who should be there!

Don’t let that wannabe Lidstrom beat Fitzy, Screw you Don Cherry. Lets vote.

Rory at MySpace

Over at MySpace, the Rory group has 729 members (including fan websites for many other NHL teams). The site has pictures, quotes, some links, some embedded YouTube videos, and a wall with 192 comments. The group moderator has sent out four eight bulletins to members in the last two five days reminding members to vote for Rory. There is also a Rory MySpace message board with 74 posts.

Vote often through January 2

all-star ballot

Rory Fitzpatrick 3rd in West

December 27, 2006

Canucks D-man close to NHL All-star game starting spot

With just one week left in voting for the 2007 NHL all-star game, the improbable write-in campaign for Vancouver Canucks defenseman Rory Fitzpatrick is in sight of victory. Week 6 voting totals released by the NHL December 27 show Fitzpatrick in the #3 spot, with the top 2 vote getters after voting concludes January 2 getting a starting spot in the lineup.

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Week 6 Eastern results

December 26, 2006

Week 6 voting totals out, Canes have three forwards in top 14 of 32 slots

In All-Star game voting totals covering the first six weeks of balloting, Carolina Hurricanes candidate Erik Cole was in 8th place with 245,049 votes, Rod Brind’Amour in 9th place with 233,347 votes, and Eric Staal in 14th place with 155,831 votes. There are 32 forwards with vote totals reported. Last week the 3 Canes candidates were 8th, 9th, and 13th.

Cam Ward still 4th in goalie votes

In goal, Cam Ward remained in 4th place of 9 candidates with 187,374 votes.

Vote often through January 2

all-star ballot

Voting runs through January 2

There’s a direct link to the English language US ballot for the 2007 NHL All-Star game, or you can use http://tinyurl.com/yzu27e. Remember to vote Rod Brind’Amour, Erik Cole, and Eric Staal for Eastern conference forwards, and Cam Ward for Eastern Conference goalie.

Fitzpatrick campaign overview

December 26, 2006

You may have come here looking for information on the NHL all-star game balloting or about Rory Fitzpatrick from a search engine search, an ad on http://www.voteforrory.com, or a link on a message board post or a Facebook or MySpace Rory group. Welcome!

I’ve tried to put together a blog with comprehensive coverage of the Rory Fitzpatrick campaign. As of the release of week 6 voting results, Rory was in third place among Western Conference defensemen!

Media and blog coverage

Coverage of the Rory campaign has mushroomed. From November 20-January 9, I’ve catalogued with direct links 105 stories and links to audio and video coverage of the phenomenon, and 245 blog posts.

Technorati has generated a neat updating graph that shows blog posts that mention Rory Fitzpatrick for the last 60 days.
Technorati Chart

and that mention the NHL All-Star game in the last 60 days.
Technorati Chart

The HF Boards

The campaign jumpstarted on November 19 with a thread started by Sabres fan Steve Schmid on HFBoards. By January 9 there were 13 discussion threads with a total of 11,442 posts and 352,776 views. Another good Rory discussion thread is at the official Canucks.com message board, which as of January 8 had 1,757 posts and 57,940 views.

VoteForRory.com

Steve Schmid’s website VoteForRory has great links on the left side of his page to YouTube videos, and the Facebook and MySpace groups devoted to the campaign. Check it out. By the end of voting on January 2, the site had received over 339,000 hits, and had climbed over 361,000 hits by January 9.

Facebook and MySpace

As of January 2, 2007, a Facebook.com campaign group with 4,576 members and a MySpace.com group with 727 members were actively supporting the Rory campaign.

Rory on YouTube

 As of January 31, there were 31 different Rory Fitzpatrick videos up at YouTube, the most famous being two satirical attack ads posted december 10, one focused on Nicklas Lidstrom and viewed 42,407 times, and the other focused on Scott Niedermeyer and viewed 45,303 times.

Why this blog?

I started this blog on November 10 as part of a project for a graduate school journalism class on “Writing for Digital Media” My initial plan was to cover the Carolina Hurricanes all-star game nominees. I averaged 40-60 hits per day on the blog. I did my first post on Rory on November 27, and quickly realized that Rory Fitzpatrick was going to be the #1 story in the runup to the 2007 NHL all-star game in Dallas. My peak traffic so far has been 1,137 daily hits on December 21. As part of a marketing phase of the class project, I placed an ad at VoteForRory, making a donation to the Canucks for Kids fund in return for the ad placement. I’ve been getting between 100 and 250 hits a day to this blog from that ad.

Rory media Dec 25-31

December 25, 2006

This blog entry covers media and blog stories December 25-present. Complete December 1- present media coverage is here, complete December 1-present blog coverage here

Rory’s media coverage

With the official announcement from NHL that Rory Fitzpatrick is the #3 vote getter among Western Conference defensemen, media coverage has accelerated.

Here’s a sampler of coverage (link on left is to the general website, link on right is to the specific story or post):

(updated December 31)

Media

USA Today (12/31) Notes: Orr, Brashear suspended, Fitzpatrick has a point

The Province (12/31) ALL-STAR GAME; 10 reasons to make ‘histoRory’

espn.com (12/30) Sedin’s two goals, assist, pace Canucks past Oilers Game notes (end of story)

tsn.ca (12/28) Hodge on WJHC points, Rory, and Sid

Calgary Sun (12/28) ‘Net loss for Fitzpatrick some good Fitzpatrick quotes on Cherry

Canada.com (12/28) Fitzpatrick feels sting from Cherry, falls to third in voting

Canada.com (12/28) If Rory can, so can Woz

Vancouver Sun (12/28) No. 1 in fans’ hearts, No. 3 in fan balloting

Toronto Sun (12/28) Cherry’s comments hurt Fitzpatrick

Chronicle-Herald (Halifax) (12/28) Defenceman Fitzpatrick falls in NHL all-star voting

Kansascity.com (12/28) Write-in candidate slips

Mercury News (12/28) Stars captain sidelined after surgery on wrist

Akron Beacon-Journal (12/28) More injured Ducks

espn.com (12/27) Fitzpatrick falls to third in All-Star voting

sportsnet.ca (12/27) All-star fortunes failing

Sports Illustrated (12/27) Defenseman Rory Fitzpatrick falls to third in NHL all-star voting

The Province (12/27) Fitzpatrick stung by Cherry’s remarks quotes from Rory, reporter calls Cherry mean-spirited

tsn.ca (12/27) Fitzpatrick falls in all-star voting

NHL.com (12/27) Fans have their say on Rory

Victoria Times Colonist (12/27) Hey Cherry, look in the mirror (subscription required for full story)

Globe & Mail (12/26) Fitzpatrick’s campaign still going strong (this story repeat’s last week’s numbers as if they are new, a product of the NHL’s confusing 12/26 news release)

Detroit News (12/25) Fitzpatrick backers have run amok

Blogs

Eyes on the Prize (12/31) Bloggers Can Aim Higher than Rory (excellent focus on what to do after January 2nd)

Bloggin’ The Philly Sports Scene (12/31)  The Phanatic Needs You!

The Best Damn Sports Blog – Period (12/31) What’s This Vote for Rory Crap?!

Innovation in a Networked World (12/30) Rory Fitzpatrick’s Own Internet Bubble

IDENTICAL ENTRY:

Wikinomics (12/30) Rory Fitzpatrick’s Own Internet Bubble

Crazy Jokes (12/30) Hockey World (Canada.com)

Backseat Blogger (12/29) Is Rory Fitzpatrick an NHL allstar?

Maxwell’s House (12/29) Sour Grapes (includes link to the YouTube video of the coaches corner segment where Cherry goes after Rory)

Out of Bounds (12/29) Rory Fitzpatrick is Not an All-Star, but Neither is the Voting System

Spector’s Blog (12/29) Pre-New Years notes

Super Rookie’s World (12/28) Vote for Rory! Down to the Wire

A BCer in Toronto (12/28) Make Rory an All-Star

The Supreme Unknown (12/28) Vote for Rory

Dan (12/28) Random Stuff

One Red Paperclip (12/28) Vote for Rory

Hard Drive Life (12/28) Drugs, sports, and sports writers a bad mix

Face Off Hockey Show (12/28) Around the Rink 12.28.06

Kukla’s Corner (12/28) Golbez on Fitzpatrick Saga

Out of Left Field (12/28) Hockey Last Night: Northwest Passage

Off Wing Opinion (12/28) Time to Stop Complaining About Rory Fitzpatrick

Fauxrumors (12/28) Rory Fitzpatrick Will Be Denied!

Buzz Canuck (12/28) Rock the Vote – Vote for Rory

HockeyNation (12/28) The Rory conspiracy  (excellent tongue in cheek piece)

Jes Golbez’s Hockey Rants (12/28) Rory Fitzpatrick Falling on Hard Times

Randball (12/28) Thursday edition: Wha’ happened?

Ryan Northcott (12/28) Vote for Rory

James Mirtle (12/28 ) Why Rory won’t go

Fark.com (12/28) Espn followup (not exactly a blog, but the comments are priceless)

Hockey-Madness (12/27) Rory Fitzpatrick falls to 3rd

Two for Elbowing (12/27) Kukla’s Corner (a must read)

Big marketing for small business (12/27) Vote for Rory viral campaign is winning

Dispatches from the Night Desk (12/27) Vote for Rory

Musings About Center Ice (12/27) Grinders: the superstars of the NHL

I’m a ****ing 100 dollar bills (12/27) Well spoken girls in stilettos are something to fear

Canucks Hockey (12/27) Rory slips to 3rd and that CBC thing

Gouche’s Corner (12/27) All-star or No-Star? By the Fads

Out of Left Field (12/27) Rory campaign losing steam

Hockey Nation (12/27) Crosby’s Star Shines Brightly

850 & 620 The Blog (12/26) Live from the RBC Center

Jo2′s blog (12/26) Don’t vote for Rory and how I became middle-aged overnight

Vancouver and Beyond (12/26) Vancouver in Flames (Arena) Again

Brad Touesnard (12/25) Merry Christmas Rory fans

Razor With an Edge (12/25) Christmas

West Coast Chaos (12/25) Vote for Rory

This blog entry covers media and blog stories December 25-present. Complete December 1- present media coverage is here, complete December 1-present blog coverage here
Vote often through January 2

all-star ballot

Voting runs through January 2

There’s a direct link to the English language US ballot for the 2007 NHL All-Star game, or you can use http://tinyurl.com/yzu27e. Remember to vote Rod Brind’Amour, Erik Cole, and Eric Staal for Eastern conference forwards, and Cam Ward for Eastern Conference goalie.

Rory Fitzpatrick #2 in Western defensemen

December 20, 2006

Canucks D-man in sight of NHL All-star game starting spot

With just two weeks left in voting for the 2007 NHL all-star game, the improbable write-in campaign for Vancouver Canucks defenseman Rory Fitzpatrick is in sight of victory. Week 5 voting totals released by the NHLDecember 20 show Fitzpatrick in the #2 spot, with the top 2 vote getters after voting concludes January 2 getting a starting spot in the lineup.

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Week 5 Eastern vote totals

December 19, 2006

Week 5 voting totals out, Canes have three forwards in top 15

In All-Star game voting totals covering the first five weeks of balloting, Carolina Hurricanes candidate Erik Cole was in 8th place with 225,006 votes, Rod Brind’Amour in 9th place with 207,329 votes, and Eric Staal in 13th place with 137,052 votes. There are 32 forwards with vote totals reported. High write-in candidate was Thomas Vanek with 133,195. 

Cam Ward still 4th in goalie votes 

In goal, Cam Ward was in 4th place of 9 with 158,627 votes. Cristobal Huet was the highest write-in candidate with 90,859 votes.

Vote often through January 2

all-star ballot

Voting runs through January 2

There’s a direct link to the English language US ballot for the 2007 NHL All-Star game, or you can use http://tinyurl.com/yzu27e. Remember to vote Rod Brind’Amour, Erik Cole, and Eric Staal for Eastern conference forwards, and Cam Ward for Eastern Conference goalie.


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