NHL All- Star Voting: WTF???

Jeremy KaufmanSenior Analyst IJanuary 18, 2009

In any sport, an All Star game is often times meant to be a collaborative celebration between all of the teams that comprise the given league, as well as their respective fans.


For this reason, the starters of an All Star game are typically selected primarily through fan voting, thereby allowing the fans of the game to reward the players whom they favor the most.


While such a system often times produces an eclectic result that effectively represents most if not all of the teams in the given league, this year’s NHL voting has produced some odd results.


The NHL All- Star Game is comprised of two teams; one from the Eastern Conference and one from the Western Conference. Each starting lineup, as is normal in hockey, is comprised of six players.


This year, the NHL’s All Star voting has produced two starting lineups that each represent only two NHL teams. That’s right, the entire starting lineups of the East and the West are each made up of players from only two teams in their respective conference.


In the East, the Pittsburgh Penguins are represented by Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, and the Montreal Canadiens are represented by Alexei Kovalev, Andrei Markov, Mike Komisarek, and Carey Price!


That’s right, four out of the six starters in the Eastern Conference are from the Montreal Canadiens! I guess the Canadiens’ fans put in some serious votes in order for this to happen.


In the West, the Chicago Blackhawks are represented by Patrick Kane, Johnathan Toews, and Brian Campbell. The remaining three slots in the Western starting lineup are filled out by the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in the persons of Ryan Getzlaf, Scott Niedermayer, and Sean- Sebastian Giguere.


As a result, the Western Conference lineup will only represent two teams as well.


So, if the NHL’s All Star game voting is to be considered accurate, we are to believe that 12 best players in the league are allotted throughout only four of the league’s many teams.


I don’t quite buy that, and neither should any of you. I’m still not quite sure why or how the All Star votes ended up this way, but I’m still a little shocked by the results. So, allow me to ask again, what the **** happened???