The 2007 NHL All-Star game will be held January 24 in Dallas, Texas.
The National Hockey League released the official 100-player ballot list on Friday, which includes Carolina Hurricanes forwards Rod Brind’Amour, Erik Cole, and Eric Staal, as well as goalie Cam Ward. For the first time, all fan voting will be online.
To vote, go to http://www2.nhl.com/allstarballot/, then click on “US” under
“VOTE NOW AND ENTER THE SWEEPSTAKES!
CHOOSE FROM THE LINKS BELOW TO CAST YOUR VOTE”
you can vote once per day through January 2. You must also vote for two Eastern Conference defenseman and also for the Western Conference.
For Ward and Staal, this is their first time on the All-Star ballot. Brind’Amour played in the 1992 All-Star game while a member of the Philadelphia Flyers. Cole has been on the All-Star ballot.
Brind’Amour, captain of the 2006 Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes, was acquired by the Hurricanes on January 23, 2000 in a trade with the Philadelphia Flyers. He has played 1,205 NHL games, tallying 388 goals and 616 assists for a total of 1,004 points, the 72nd player in NHL history to cross the 1,000 point threshold. As of today, his 18 assists this season are 3rd in the NHL, while his 26 points are 6th. Brind’Amour is a native of Ottawa, Canada.
Staal, a center for the Hurricanes, is a Thunder Bay, Ontario native. Staal was the Canes 1st round choice (2nd overall) in the 2003 NHL entry draft. He has tallied 151 points in 181 regular season games, and his 10 goals this season puts him 15th in the league.
Ward, the Canes starting goalie, received the 2006 Conn Smythe award as Most Valuable Player during 2006 Stanley Cup playoffs. He was the Canes 1st round choice in the 2002 entry draft. He is a native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
Cole, who plays left wing, is an Oswego, New York native. He was the Canes third round choice in the 1998 NHL entry draft. He has 101 career assists and four hat tricks, the latest a three-goal effort against the Washington Capitols on November 9.