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.
Voting totals for defensemen in the West:
Scott Niedermayer Anaheim 447,502
*Rory Fitzpatrick Vancouver 428,832
Nicklas Lidstrom Detroit 427,364
Chris Pronger Anaheim 340,941
Scott Hannan San Jose 333,610
Dion Phaneuf Calgary 317,576
Mattias Ohlund Vancouver 263,592
John-Michael Liles Colorado 187,493
Robyn Regehr Calgary 183,667
Sergei Zubov Dallas 172,334
Mathieu Schneider Detroit 144,782
Lubomir Visnovsky Los Angeles 139,012
Rob Blake Los Angeles 136,001
Media and blog coverage
For extensive links to media and blog coverage of the Rory Fitzpatrick campaign, see my separate blog post.
Vote often through January 2
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.