Rory Fitzpatrick 3rd in West

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.

Voting totals for defensemen in the West:
Scott Niedermayer       Anaheim              540,380
Nicklas Lidstrom          Detroit                 522,345
*Rory Fitzpatrick            Vancouver          486,842
Chris Pronger                Anaheim            389,342
Dion Phaneuf                 Calgary              359,071
Scott Hannan                 San Jose           357,619
Mattias Ohlund               Vancouver         297,307
John-Michael Liles        Colorado           215,450
Robyn Regehr                Calgary              209,018
Sergei Zubov                   Dallas               202,685
Mathieu Schneider         Detroit               170,675
Rob Blake                        Los Angeles    163,659
Lubomir Visnovsky         Los Angeles    162,350

* 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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