2011 NHL All-Star Game: Steven Stamkos' Snub Leads to Questions About Fan Voting

Lauren Burg@TBLightning491Contributor IJanuary 4, 2011

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 23:  Steven Stamkos #91 of the Tampa Bay Lightning skates during an NHL hockey game against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on December 23, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)
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The NHL All-Star game voting ended last night, and Steven Stamkos was not among the top three forwards voted in by NHL fans. This begs the question about whether fans should be allowed to vote for their favorite players, along with how many times they should be able to vote.

Four—yes, four—Pittsburgh Penguins players were among the top six vote-getters. Some Penguins players are deserving, while others aren't as deserving.

In my opinion, fans should have to either base their votes on statistics or only be allowed to vote twice each day.

My choice would be to have the fans base their votes on statistics. Yes, I know this would be hard, if not impossible, to monitor, but I think this is the only way to make things fair.

I know a lot of people will say "It's an All Star game. It's just for fun," but fans pride themselves on these sort of things. They use this as a measuring stick of their teams success. If fans voted for the BEST players and not just their favorite players, we might have a true All-Star game.

Think about it.

The top three forwards, based on number of points, are Sidney Crosby, Steven Stamkos, and Martin St. Louis. Crosby has 65 points, Stamkos 56, and St. Louis 50, according to the League Leaderboard on NHL.com.

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Unfortunately, among these three players, only Crosby was voted into the NHL All-Star game as one of the top three forwards. The Tampa Bay Lightning have the other two top players in the NHL and yet they were completely snubbed.

The Lightning wasn't the only team snubbed, however. Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas was not voted by fans as the top goaltender in the NHL, replaced by Penguins goaltender, Marc Andre Fleury.

Personally, I feel this is a travesty. It leaves me questioning whether fans really think before they vote. The best players are obviously not getting chosen.

Now, before you ask me "Did you vote and if so, didn't you vote for your favorite teams players?" I can tell you that yes, I voted at least twice a day and no, I didn't vote for my favorite teams players. I voted for Stamkos, St. Louis, and Jonathan Toews as forwards, Drew Doughty and Nicklas Lidstrom on defense, and Thomas in goal. 

Looking at the NHL leaderboard on NHL. com, at least three of my six votes were based on statistics. That's at least 50 percent, which is pretty good. Plus, I'm a Lightning fan and I didn't put Vincent Lecavalier on my ballot.

All I ask NHL fans to do is think before they automatically vote for their favorite teams players. Look at the statistics before making your vote and make the BEST vote, not the most popular vote.

If you have any comments or ideas of how to make the voting system better please let me know in the comments section below. Thanks for reading!

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