Rory Fitzpatrick #2 in Western defensemen

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

* write-in

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

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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