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Blackhawks tie for League-high with 6 players on ballot

11/10/2011 4:19 PM

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Fans will get the chance to vote for the starters at the 2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game starting Monday, Nov. 14.

The fan ballot for this year's game, to be held Jan. 29 in Ottawa, was released Thursday and includes 127 players -- 18 goalies, 36 defensemen and 73 forwards. Fans also will have the option of selecting write-in candidates.

Click here to see the full 2012 All-Star Ballot nominees.

There are at least three players from each team on the ballot for the 2012 NHL All-Star Fan Balloting, and the online interactive ballot will be available in eight languages -- English, French, German, Czech, Finnish, Russian, Slovak and Swedish.

Voting runs through Jan. 4, with the top six vote-getters by position -- three forwards, two defensemen and a goalie -- being guaranteed spots at the All-Star Game.

The defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins are tied with three other teams for placing the most players on the ballot, with six, led by Vezina Trophy-winning goaltender Tim Thomas. Other Bruins on the ballot are defenseman Zdeno Chara and forwards Patrice Bergeron, Nathan Horton, David Krejci and Milan Lucic.

The Eastern Conference-leading Pittsburgh Penguins also placed six players on the ballot -- goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, defenseman Kris Letang, and forwards Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, James Neal and Jordan Staal.

All three Staal brothers made the ballot -- Jordan, the New York Rangers' Marc Staal and Carolina Hurricanes captain Eric Staal.

The Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks also have six players each on the ballot.

The surprising Dallas Stars, who enter Thursday's games atop the League standings, have five players on the ballot -- goaltender Kari Lehtonen, defensemen Sheldon Souray, and forwards Jamie Benn, Loui Eriksson and Mike Ribeiro.

The Edmonton Oilers, Philadelphia Flyers, Los Angeles Kings, Ottawa Senators, San Jose Sharks, Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks and Washington Capitals also have five players on the ballot.