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Week 6 Eastern results

December 26, 2006

Week 6 voting totals out, Canes have three forwards in top 14 of 32 slots

In All-Star game voting totals covering the first six weeks of balloting, Carolina Hurricanes candidate Erik Cole was in 8th place with 245,049 votes, Rod Brind’Amour in 9th place with 233,347 votes, and Eric Staal in 14th place with 155,831 votes. There are 32 forwards with vote totals reported. Last week the 3 Canes candidates were 8th, 9th, and 13th.

Cam Ward still 4th in goalie votes

In goal, Cam Ward remained in 4th place of 9 candidates with 187,374 votes.

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.

Fitzpatrick campaign overview

December 26, 2006

You may have come here looking for information on the NHL all-star game balloting or about Rory Fitzpatrick from a search engine search, an ad on http://www.voteforrory.com, or a link on a message board post or a Facebook or MySpace Rory group. Welcome!

I’ve tried to put together a blog with comprehensive coverage of the Rory Fitzpatrick campaign. As of the release of week 6 voting results, Rory was in third place among Western Conference defensemen!

Media and blog coverage

Coverage of the Rory campaign has mushroomed. From November 20-January 9, I’ve catalogued with direct links 105 stories and links to audio and video coverage of the phenomenon, and 245 blog posts.

Technorati has generated a neat updating graph that shows blog posts that mention Rory Fitzpatrick for the last 60 days.
Technorati Chart

and that mention the NHL All-Star game in the last 60 days.
Technorati Chart

The HF Boards

The campaign jumpstarted on November 19 with a thread started by Sabres fan Steve Schmid on HFBoards. By January 9 there were 13 discussion threads with a total of 11,442 posts and 352,776 views. Another good Rory discussion thread is at the official Canucks.com message board, which as of January 8 had 1,757 posts and 57,940 views.

VoteForRory.com

Steve Schmid’s website VoteForRory has great links on the left side of his page to YouTube videos, and the Facebook and MySpace groups devoted to the campaign. Check it out. By the end of voting on January 2, the site had received over 339,000 hits, and had climbed over 361,000 hits by January 9.

Facebook and MySpace

As of January 2, 2007, a Facebook.com campaign group with 4,576 members and a MySpace.com group with 727 members were actively supporting the Rory campaign.

Rory on YouTube

 As of January 31, there were 31 different Rory Fitzpatrick videos up at YouTube, the most famous being two satirical attack ads posted december 10, one focused on Nicklas Lidstrom and viewed 42,407 times, and the other focused on Scott Niedermeyer and viewed 45,303 times.

Why this blog?

I started this blog on November 10 as part of a project for a graduate school journalism class on “Writing for Digital Media” My initial plan was to cover the Carolina Hurricanes all-star game nominees. I averaged 40-60 hits per day on the blog. I did my first post on Rory on November 27, and quickly realized that Rory Fitzpatrick was going to be the #1 story in the runup to the 2007 NHL all-star game in Dallas. My peak traffic so far has been 1,137 daily hits on December 21. As part of a marketing phase of the class project, I placed an ad at VoteForRory, making a donation to the Canucks for Kids fund in return for the ad placement. I’ve been getting between 100 and 250 hits a day to this blog from that ad.

Week 5 Eastern vote totals

December 19, 2006

Week 5 voting totals out, Canes have three forwards in top 15

In All-Star game voting totals covering the first five weeks of balloting, Carolina Hurricanes candidate Erik Cole was in 8th place with 225,006 votes, Rod Brind’Amour in 9th place with 207,329 votes, and Eric Staal in 13th place with 137,052 votes. There are 32 forwards with vote totals reported. High write-in candidate was Thomas Vanek with 133,195. 

Cam Ward still 4th in goalie votes 

In goal, Cam Ward was in 4th place of 9 with 158,627 votes. Cristobal Huet was the highest write-in candidate with 90,859 votes.

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.

Week 4 Eastern voting totals out: Cole 6th, Brind’Amour 9th, Brindy was 2nd in the last 6 days

December 11, 2006

Week 4 voting totals out, Cole moves from 8th to 6th, Brindy from 13th to 8th
In All-Star game voting totals covering the first four weeks of balloting, Carolina Hurricanes candidate Erik Cole was in 6th place with 206,968 votes, Rod Brind’Amour in 8th place with 175,617, and Eric Staal in 13th place with 117,414 votes. There are 35 forwards with vote totals reported. High write-in candidate was Thomas Vanek with 113,318. Cole moved from 8th to 6th place this week, Brind’Amour from 13th to 9th, and Staal dropped from 12th to 13th. As noted below, Brind’Amour picked up 95,821 votres in week 4, secomd only to Sidney Crosby

In goal, Cam Ward was in 4th place of 9 with 125,880 votes. Cristobal Huet was the highest write-in candidate with 71,599 votes.

Isolating the latest week – Brindy was in 2nd place

Here are the top 20 Eastern forwards in voting for just week 4:

Crosby         118,703

Brind’Amour 95,821

Ovechkin       86,602

Sturm            77,645

Afinogenov   70,891

Briere             69,836

Kovalchuk      69,214

Cole                 65,417

Lecavilier       62,895

Malkin            54,229

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.

Canes All-Star Nominee Rod Brind’Amour Gets Props from Denver Hockey Coach

December 11, 2006

 

 from the Rocky Mountain News December 11, 2006

“George Gwozdecky can’t help but smile each time he sees a photograph of Rod Brind’Amour hoisting the Stanley Cup moments after the Carolina Hurricanes won the silver prize in June.The University of Denver hockey coach was an assistant at Michigan State nearly 20 years ago when he recruited the then-teenage star, who played one year for the Spartans before embarking on what has been a highly successful NHL career.

Brind’Amour, whose Hurricanes meet the Avalanche tonight at the Pepsi Center (7:30 MT) finally got to hold the Cup in his 17th season, and the photo depicting his unbridled joy has graced the covers of several hockey publications…..”

Brind’Amour is currently 5th on the NHL stats list with 26 assists.
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.

Week 3 totals out, Cole 8th, Staal 12th, Brind’Amour 13th, Ward 4th goalie

December 5, 2006

Week 3 voting totals out
In All-Star game voting totals covering the first three weeks of balloting, Carolina Hurricanes candidates Erik Cole was in 8th place with 141,551, votes, Eric Staal in 12th with 81,449, and Rod Brind’Amour in 13th place with 79,796. There are 36 forwards with vote totals reported. High write-in candidate was Thomas Vanek with 92,103.

In goal, Cam Ward was in 4th place of 9 with 57,826 votes. Cristobal Huet was the highest write-in candidate with 51,363 votes.

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.

Canes all-star nominees the three stars vs. Bruins

December 3, 2006

Brind’Amour, Cole, and Staal each have two-point nights 

Carolina Hurricanes All-Star game nominees Rod Brind’Amour, Erik Cole, and Eric Staal each had two point nights as the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Boston Bruins Saturday night at the RBC Center. Staal had two goals, Cole a goal and an assist, and Brind’Amour two assists, and were the three stars of the game.

Brindy moves up stats leaderboard 

Brind’Amour’s 26 assists and 36 points put him 2nd and 3rd in the league respectively in those two categories. Staal’s 16 goals rank him 9th in that category.

Cole’s end-to-end unassisted goal a thing of beauty 

According to the NHL game recap, Erik Cole might be the only one who failed to appreciate the sheer beauty (watch here) in his effort to tie the game. There was Cole, one of the most dazzling players in the NHL, diving to the ice to block a rocket of a slap shot. And there was Cole, outracing everyone down the ice to corral the puck. He deftly held it on his stick until Boston goalie Tim Thomas got out of position, then he flipped it into the net.  He deflected Stuart’s shot to set up the play that turned around the game. “I was right behind him, and when he went down, I thought it was a nice block,” Staal said. “And then he got up and flew by two guys to get the puck, and then he made a great move at the net.” Cole simply shrugged off the superlatives, insisting he did nothing special. “Once Stuart took a swing at the puck, he lost a step, and that helped me gain a step,” Cole said. “Then when I got to the net, I just waited out the goalie.”

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.

Cole continues to surge against Habs

December 1, 2006

Cole continues to dominate Habs
Carolina Hurricanes all-star nominee Erik Cole continued his career long surge against the Montreal Canadiens Thursday night, scoring two goals and tieing a team record with 11 shots in the game. In 21 regular season and playoff games against the Habs, Cole has 15 goals and 22 points.
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Keep voting through January 2
all-star ballot

Online all-star 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.

The Oswego effect — Cole’s surge to 6th place

November 29, 2006

Cole surges, 3rd place among week 2 voters
Tried to figure out the week 2 numbers which showed Cole garnering 91,868 votes while Brindy had 17,492 and Staal 16,217. Only Malkin with 120+k and Crosby with 160+k exceeded Cole in week 2. This would indicate that the Cole voters are NOT Canes partisans per se.

Oswego votes early and often
The N&O has a little piece this morning (page 6C of the print edition)  which states “…Carolina wing Erik Cole apparently has been staging a much stealthier – and more effective – campaign to land himself in Dallas for the Jan. 24 All-Star game … Asked to explain his metoric rise in the voting, Cole jokingly did not rule our voter fraud. ‘It’s the only way to explain it’ the Oswego, N.Y. native said. I’ve got a hometown that’s probably got about 15,000 people that are probably trying to vote every day.'”

Fraud – not Of course, it’s not voter fraud to vote every day, there is no rule against voting every day (or for that matter, multiple times per day). In fact, the NHL TV advertising allegedly encourages people to “vote often”. The only rule on point is that “No automatic, programmed or robotic votes will be accepted.

Occam’s razor All things being equal, the simplest solution tends to be the best one . The simplest explanation for the totals is that Oswego voters are voting for Cole, as well as two other forwards (since you have to vote a full slate), it’s just that they are not going en masse for Staal and Brind’Amour.  Other explanations could be that the Fitzpatrick write-in voters from the West (we’ll find out today how many votes Rory has been getting) have latched on to Erik to fill out their East ballot.  Of course, another explanation could be that week 2 voters are savvy to Erik’s work ethic that got him back from last year’s neck injury to a role in last year’s games 6 & 7 of the Stanley Cup finals.

all-star ballot

Online all-star 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.

Erik Cole jumps to 6th in Eastern forward NHL all-star game voting, places 3rd in week 2

November 28, 2006

Erik Cole with 103,566 votes has jumped to 6th place among 30 eastern conference forwards competing for three spots in the 2007 NHL All-Star game in just released Eastern Conference voting totals.  Cole is just 9,000 votes short of a starting spot. Isolating just the voting totals for the second week of voting, Cole garnered 91,868 votes to place 3rd for the seven-day period.

Rod Brind’Amour is 14th with 38,551 votes, and Eric Staal is in 15th place with 37,742. The top three forwards in voting are Crosby 247,854, Malkin 156,469, and Ovechkin 112,501.

In goal, Cam Ward is in 5th place of 8 goalies with 33,430. Fleury is in 1st place with 138,151.

The NHL has issued a second press release with more voting analysis.

all-star ballot

Online all-star 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.