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Which NHL players are worthy of playing in the 2011 all-star game?
Tue, January 4, 2011

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks dominated NHL all-star voting as the league named the game’s first six players as selected by fan balloting today.

Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Jonathan Toews round out the forward selection, while Kris Letang and Duncan Keith will line up on defence. Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury also made the squad.

Crosby crushed the ballot, garnering the most votes with 635,509. Toews ended up with 407,676 votes and Malkin with 376,887.

Fleury ended up upsetting Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price by gaining 426,305. Price was not on the all-star ballot, but was an early leader in the voting process thanks to write-in votes. He ended up just behind Fleury with 371,854 votes.

Kris Letang was the top-voted defenceman with 477,960 tallies while Keith ended up with 382,162.

Which players do you think should be included in the remaining 36 spots for the all-star game? Have your say in our forum.

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Don't read into my comments something that just isn't there rickster. I do not now, never have nor never will wish I was in pro sports.

Only idiots, in times of massive world-wide recessions, will continue to flock to pro - and I stress pro - sports venues, paying the moronic prices demanded by the likes of the Maple Leafs.

And don't tell me it's because the "enjoyment." I used to hgear the same thing from smokers who insisted they only did so because "they like it." And then I saw them standing outside of office buildings in the dead of winter, shivering, while they took a pathetic puff. Yeah, they "enjoyed" it all right.

To a great degree, the same thing applies to "sports" fans, especially those who can't watch sober, feel they need to "dress up" (or down) and hive-five each other as if THEY had something to do with what just happened on the ice or field.

Anyway, that's just my opinion. I don't expect you or anyone else to agree with it - but I do have the right to express it. Or is that permissible only in your world?
Pragmatic, 2011-01-18 14:55:20

Why can't the players have fun?
The roles, 2011-01-15 13:31:48

I don't see how the all-star game is a joke. I enjoy watching and I am not one of

'those sycophants whose every waking moment is driven by what some athlete did or did not do on any given day'. Clearly he cares enough about it to post on this fourm though. Cleary by the comments 'All star games are just opportunuties for the participants to pat themselves on the back, much like those endless "awards" shows the actors trot out' and ' Basketball, football and hockey all-star games are simply jokes, offering up days off for multi-millionaires.' He wishes he was in pro sports?
rickster, 2011-01-15 13:29:52

I mentioned in another thread that this game has little to attract educated fans. The All-Star game is for kids seeing their favorite players on the same teams. Nothing wrong with that.

Given the effort the stars actually put on the ice during these games, the NHL might want to look at playing the CHL all stars, AHL all stars, or even the olympic women's team and donate proceeds to minor hockey or the olympic program.

That's the ONLY way this game will mean something.
from the cheap seats..., 2011-01-15 12:18:28

Being from Bryan Murray's home town I really want to support the Sens. The only problem is they are being paid way too much to do nothing.

Perhaps they should watch some of the Junior's games and learn how to play and as a team.

I am totally disgusted with the team as are many in our town. We have gotten to the point where we seldom watch the end of the game as we know what the result will be. THAT IS REALLY SAD!
Connie Crick, 2011-01-12 20:31:29

Not really a "sad day." The only "fans" who really enoy "all star" games in ANY sport are those sycophants whose every waking moment is driven by what some athlete did or did not do on any given day. They need to get a life.

All star games are just opportunuties for the participants to pat themselves on the back, much like those endless "awards" shows the actors trot out. Most of the time I find myself shaking my head at the results (which I read about the next day - I WON'T watch one) scarcely able to believe some of the "winners." Same with all-star games.

With the exception of baseball, where pitching can dominate, there's absolutely no comptetition so that the product you see is nowhere near what a real game can offer. Basketball, football and hockey all-star games are simply jokes, offering up days off for multi-millionaires.
Pragmatic, 2011-01-10 16:55:57

A sad day for the NHL.
Moderator, 2011-01-10 15:15:10

Obviously, no one really cares.
Pragmatic, 2011-01-10 12:58:31

How can you not have Colton Orr in the line-up?
Jake, 2011-01-06 11:04:50

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