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Shocking development: Four Senators voted starters for All-Star Game in Ottawa

Jan 5, 2012, 11:02 AM EDT

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The NHL announced who the six All-Star Game starters would be for the mid-season exhibition in Ottawa, and shock of all shocks, the fans in Canada’s capital successfully stuffed the ballot box.

Of the six starters, four of them play for the host team. Forwards Daniel Alfredsson, Jason Spezza, Milan Michalek, and defenseman Erik Karlsson all made the cut through voting as did Toronto defenseman Dion Phaneuf and Boston goalie Tim Thomas.

What, no Alexandre Daigle?

Karlsson wound up landing the most votes with 939,951 votes beating out Alfredsson for the highest tally. Karlsson has had a breakout offensive season for the Senators this year proving to be one of the better playmakers on the team.

Michalek made the team thanks to a late push in votes that saw him overtake Toronto’s Phil Kessel. Thomas had to beat out Leafs goalie, and write-in candidate, James Reimer for the start. If nothing else, the Ottawa-Toronto rivalry was alive and well thanks to the voting and Michalek making the cut over Kessel has some Leafs fans steamed.

Being named a starter to the All-Star Game means that half of the 12 players that will kick off the game are guaranteed spots on the team, barring injury. The NHL will name the rest of the 36 all-stars later this month ahead of the festivities in Ottawa during the final weekend of January. Chances are if your guy didn’t make the cut as a starter, he’ll wind up on the team then.

  1. govtminion - Jan 5, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    Another perfectly good reason to get rid of fan voting. Or, you know, the All-Star Farce entirely, frankly.

  2. pastabelly - Jan 5, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    The upcoming Boston – Vancouver game will be a much better take than an All Star game full of the most generic average team around, the Senators.

  3. canucks18 - Jan 5, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    STOP the bullshit!!! Fan voting is a complete joke!!!

  4. cshearing - Jan 5, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    The All-Star game is for the fans, so why not let the fans vote? It’s not like it actually means anything. Any GM that puts an All-Star clause in a contract is just looking for trouble.

    The outrage over the selection process makes me smile.

  5. dropthepuckeh - Jan 5, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    Let the Ottawa fans pretend their players are stars for the day – the great players need the rest anyway. I just hope a lot of Bruins don’t make it so they can rest for the games that matter in June. Does anyone actually watch the all star game? I see it as a great weekend for a family vacation without missing any games….

    • govtminion - Jan 5, 2012 at 12:56 PM

      Pretty much. I watch the skills competition, but the game? Couldn’t care less. I’d be all for moving the skills competition (which is a lot of fun, and the players seem to agree) to right before opening night for the regular season, and ditch the actual All-Star Game entirely.

      Of course, the advertisers would fly off the handle about that, so we’re stuck with it.

  6. lsxphotog - Jan 5, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    Don’t let the fan votes be all that it takes to get them into the All-Star Game. I think the league and players should vote in December. Then the fans can vote those guys in NO WRITE-INS through the first two weeks of January. All-Stars are All-Stars because they’re recognized as exceptional players by not only the fans, but their peers.

    I’m certain the All-Star games would be better and more meaningful if they were there because other players in the league thought they deserved to be there. I don’t think anyone who deserves to be there wouldn’t make it with this system and I’m CERTAIN players who don’t deserve to be there would get voted in.

    The system in place has been dreadful from a hockey fan’s standpoint. Why isn’t Stamkos number 1? Or Giroux with his break-out season as a superstar, or Kessel who’s also killing it? I’m pretty sure the players would agree those three guys are up there in the ballots.

    • rdurk86 - Jan 5, 2012 at 1:44 PM

      The NFL sort of does the same thing I believe, where the fan vote is something like 1/3 of the weight of the Pro Bowl voting for the starters.

  7. haterzgonahate - Jan 5, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    what a joke. perhaps they need to change it from “all star game” to “(insert host city’s) favorite player game”

    meanwhile, as of today, the NHL point leader and his twin brother who’s tied for second mind you, are ranked somewhere below Alfredsson’s stick on the ballot

    i’m not surprised…the NHL grows bushier everyday

  8. eagleswineagleswin - Jan 5, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    Just goes to show that Canadiens are stupid people

    • hooockey - Jan 5, 2012 at 3:49 PM

      CanadiEns are a hockey team from Montreal, while CanadiAns are people from Canada, genius.

    • haterzgonahate - Jan 5, 2012 at 7:30 PM

      lol..i’m sorry but who’s country is on the verge of an economic meltdown?

      better find another war to start!

  9. rosloe62 - Jan 5, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    Once again a big reason the NHL is far behind the NFL, MLB, and NBA! I wonder who’s going to be the MVP of the game?

  10. yettyskills - Jan 5, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    So I used a voting bot program to vote 3 million times over 48 hours to make sure Karlsson was the leading vote getter and 4 sens get to start.

    You can thank the 66% increase in voting this year compared to last year to me.

    You’re Welcome.

  11. whittle79 - Jan 5, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    I just don’t know what to say about this !!
    Anyone can make the all star game these days !! It should be called the popularity game. Where’s the all stars !! Haha !!

  12. taytay099 - Jan 5, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    If my city was hosting the all star game and voting wasn’t a huge pain in the ass then I’d vote multiple times for my favorite players as well.

  13. whittle79 - Jan 5, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    Ha ha !!

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