Sidney Crosby leads NHL players in fan voting for the all-star game

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Sidney Crosby leads all players in voting for the NHL all-star game, receiving 118,755 votes from fans in the first week.

The Pittsburgh Penguins captain finished first on the fan ballot the last time the game was held in 2009.

Crosby had a large lead over Chicago Blackhawks defenceman Duncan Keith, who sat at 82,968 votes in results provided by the NHL on Monday.

The all-star game will be played in Raleigh on Jan. 30 with a new format. Captains will select the two teams from the pool of available players in a live draft.

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Fan balloting will account for six players—one to start at each position—while the NHL’s hockey operations staff will select the others.

The league leaders by position are: Crosby, Washington’s Alex Ovechkin (80,169) and Chicago’s Jonathan Toews (79,953) at forward; Keith and Detroit’s Nicklas Lidstrom (80,723) on defence; and Carey Price (71,669) of the Montreal Canadiens in goal.

Amazingly, the support for Price came entirely from write-in votes because he wasn’t included on the original ballot. Another write-in candidate, Philadelphia Flyers rookie Sergey Bobrovsky, sat second among goaltenders with 58,101 votes.