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
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.