NHL All-Star Ballot Released, Chicago Blackhawks Lead Way with Six Players

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NHL All-Star Ballot Released, Chicago Blackhawks Lead Way with Six Players
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Steven Stamkos will be taking part in his first All-Star game.

The National Hockey League released their ballot of 100 players for the new look All-Star game on Friday. The League made a splash and changed the look of the game entirely, deciding to trash the "Conference vs. Conference" idea and allot two captains will pick their teams.

Fans still hold their place in the All-Star process, as they pick the starting line-ups.

"The All-Star Fan Balloting has always been about fan engagement and giving fans the chance to see their favorite players face-off in the All-Star Game," said Brian Jennings, NHL Executive Vice President of Marketing. "The exciting changes to the format for the All-Star Game and Honda NHL SuperSkills should spark the intensity in this year's balloting process."

The Chicago Blackhawks lead the way this year with six players on the ballot, including Hawks captain Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, Brian Campbell and Brent Seabrook.

The Atlanta Thrashers, Columbus Blue Jackets, Edmonton Oilers, New York Islanders and St. Louis Blues bring up the back of the list, all contributing two players.

Steven Stamkos, who currently leads the NHL in scoring, is on the ballot for the first time in his short NHL career. John Tavares, T.J. Oshie, Drew Doughty, Tobias Enstrom, Jonathan Quick and Jaroslav Halak are a few other youngsters who are receiving the honour for the first time.

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Here is a complete list of the 2010-11 All-Star ballot:

Anaheim Ducks - Teemu Selanne (F), Ryan Getzlaf (F), Corey Perry (F), Bobby Ryan (F)

Atlanta Thrashers - Dustin Byfuglien (D), Tobias Enstrom (D)

Boston Bruins - Tim Thomas (G), Zdeno Chara (D), Patrice Bergeron (F), David Krejci (F)

Buffalo Sabres - Ryan Miller (G), Derek Roy (F), Thomas Vanek (F)

Calgary Flames - Miikka Kiprusoff (G), Jay Bouwmeester (D), Jarome Iginla (F)

Carolina Hurricanes - Cam Ward (G), Joni Pitkanen (D), Eric Staal (F)

Chicago Blackhawks - Brian Campbell (D), Brent Seabrook (D), Duncan Keith (D), Patrick Kane (F), Jonathan Toews (F), Marian Hossa (F)

Colorado Avalanche - Craig Anderson (G), Paul Stastny (F), Milan Hejduk (F)

Columbus Blue Jackets - Rick Nash (F), R.J. Umberger (F)

Dallas Stars - Brad Richards (F), Brendan Morrow (F), Stephane Robidas (D)

Detroit Red Wings - Brian Rafalski (D), Nick Lidstrom (D), Pavel Datsyuk (F), Henrik Zetterberg (F), Johan Franzen (F)

Edmonton Oilers - Nikolai Khabibulin (G), Ales Hemsky (F)

Florida Panthers - Tomas Vokoun (G), Bryan McCabe (D), David Booth (F)

Los Angeles Kings - Jonathan Quick (G), Ryan Smyth (F), Drew Doughty (D), Anze Kopitar (F)

Minnesota Wild - Niklas Backstrom (G), Mikko Koivu (F), Marek Zidlicky (D)

Montreal Canadiens - Andrei Markov (D), Mike Cammalleri (F), Brian Gionta (F)

Nashville Predators - Pekka Rinne (G), Ryan Suter (D), Shea Weber (D)

New Jersey Devils  - Martin Brodeur (G), Zach Parise (F), Ilya Kovalchuk (F)

New York Islanders - Mark Streit (D), John Tavares (F)

New York Rangers - Henrik Lundqvist (G), Marian Gaborik (F), Marc Staal (D)

Ottawa Senators - Daniel Alfredsson (F), Sergei Gonchar (D), Jason Spezza (F)

Philadelphia Flyers - Chris Pronger (D), Kimmo Timonen (D), Mike Richards (F), Jeff Carter (F), Daniel Briere (F)

Phoenix Coyotes - Ilya Bryzgalov (G), Shane Doan (F), Ed Jovanovski (D) 

Pittsburgh Penguins - Marc-Andre Fleury (G), Sidney Crosby (F), Evgeni Malkin (F), Paul Martin (D)

San Jose Sharks - Antti Niemi (G), Dan Boyle (D), Joe Thornton (F), Patrick Marleau (F), Dany Heatley (F)

St. Louis Blues - Jaroslav Halak (G), T.J. Oshie (F)

Tampa Bay Lighting - Steven Stamkos (F), Vincent Lecavalier (F), Martin St. Louis (F)

Toronto Maple Leafs - J.S. Giguere (G), Dion Phaneuf (D), Tomas Kaberle (D), Phil Kessel (F)

Vancouver Canucks - Roberto Luongo (G), Daniel Sedin (F), Henrik Sedin (F), Dan Hamhuis (D)

Washington Capitals - Alexander Ovechkin (F), Nicklas Backstrom (F), Mike Green (D)

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