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Five Oilers highlight 2012 NHL All-Star ballot

Voting Begins November 14; Interactive Online Ballots in Eight Languages

Thursday, 10.11.2011 / 11:02 PM / News
By Edmonton Oilers Press Release
       The Edmonton Oilers with an impressive 9-3-2 start, which is good enough for 1st in the Northwest Division, have five players on the 2012 NHL All-Star Fan Ballot including goaltender, Nikolai Khabibulin; defenceman, Ryan Whitney; and forwards Ryan Smyth, Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall.

       Khabibulin is having a career year so far leading the NHL in GAA with a sparkling 0.98 and save percentage of .964. He has a record of 7-0-2 and was named the NHL's Third Star for October. Whitney has only appeared in four games this season with the Oilers due to a knee injury. Last season he was off to a hot start collecting 27 points (2G, 25A) in 35 games before a season-ending ankle injury. Smyth, in his second tour of duty with Edmonton, is leading the team in points with 14 and goals with seven. Eberle and Hall are both sophomores with the club and are third and fourth respectively in team scoring with 11 and nine points.

     The Dallas Stars and the Pittsburgh Penguins – leaders of the  Western and Eastern Conferences, respectively - hold a combined 11 spots on the ballot.  The ballot includes first-time career appearances from Stars forwards Jamie Benn and Loui Eriksson and Penguins forwards James Neal and Jordan Staal and defenseman Kris Letang.
Joining their teammates are ballot veterans Sidney Crosby, Marc-Andre Fleury, Evgeni Malkin of the Penguins and Kari Lehtonen, Mike Ribeiro and Sheldon Souray of the Stars.

     Among the 127 players on the ballot, Philadelphia Flyers forward Jaromir Jagr makes his first appearance to the fan voting platform since his campaign for the 2008 NHL All-Star festivities; the Ottawa Senators, the first-time hosts of the 2012 NHL All-Star Weekend, have five representatives; and the Anaheim Ducks, Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, Flyers and Penguins each have six players vying to be named first NHL All-Stars in the 2012 Tim Hortons NHL® All-Star Game on Sunday, Jan. 29.
Polls open to hockey fans worldwide Nov. 14 online at NHL.com/vote and via mobile devices.

     Among the few features in the 2012 NHL All-Star Fan Balloting are interactive online ballots in eight different languages, the most in NHL All-Star Fan Balloting history.  Fans around the world will be able to vote online at NHL.com/vote in English, French, German, Czech, Finnish, Russian, Slovak and Swedish.  Voting concludes Jan. 4, with the top six vote-getters by position - three forwards, two defensemen and goalie.

     “The NHL All-Star Fan Balloting program has always served as a great platform to engage fans worldwide,” said Brian Jennings, NHL executive vice president of marketing.  “With ballots available in eight languages, fans can vote for their favorite NHL players in their native language, making the 2012 NHL All-Star Fan Balloting truly global.”

     The 2012 NHL All-Star Fan Balloting marks the sixth straight year the balloting process is entirely digital, with fans casting votes using interactive online ballots at NHL.com/vote, the microsite for the 2012 NHL All-Star Fan Balloting, and via mobile devices.  The NHL.com/vote ballot will be optimized for iPad and other tablets.

     How to Vote

     •  NHL.com/vote will feature interactive online ballots available in
        eight languages, accessible anywhere in the world. Each player
        ballot page includes video highlights and real-time, sortable
        player statistics.  Fans will be permitted to select as few as one
        player - a balloted player or write-in - per online ballot.

     •  Mobile users in the U.S. and Canada will be able to cast their
        votes via text message using any mobile device and wireless
        carrier or via a mobile ballot available in English and French. To
        vote via text message using any wireless carrier, fans should text
        their favorite player’s last name to the shortcode 81812. Message
        and data rates may apply. The mobile ballot is available on
        iPhone, Android and other mobile devices, using any wireless
        carrier.

     •  Facebook and Twitter users will be able to share their individual
        player selections online. Upon submitting a ballot on NHL.com/vote
        , fans can send messages inviting others to cast their votes
        online.

     2012 NHL All-Star Weekend Sweepstakes

     Eligible residents of the United States and Canada who vote online at NHL.com/vote can enter for a chance to win one grand prize:  a trip for two to attend the 2012 NHL All-Star Weekend in Ottawa. There is no purchase necessary to enter or win. For sweepstakes rules, visit NHL.com/vote.

     Promotional Campaign

     The NHL will promote the 2012 NHL All-Star Fan Balloting across its TV, print, online, in-arena, social networking and wireless advertising platforms. Promotional support will be provided by the NHL Network™, NHL Radio™ and broadcast partners VERSUS (U.S.), CBC (Canada) and RDS (Canada).

In addition, promotional materials for the campaign will launch in English and French on Nov. 14, the first day of voting.  TV and digital promotional spots in German, Czech, Finnish, Russian, Slovak and Swedish will debut online and during NHL game broadcasts in Europe in the coming weeks.

     Voting results will be posted to NHL.com every Tuesday, starting Nov. 22.
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