Three Wild Players On All-Star Ballot
The Minnesota Wild will have three players on the 2012 NHL All-Star ballot, released by the league today. Dany Heatley Mikko Koivu and Marek Zidlicky are on the ballot, which was selected by the NHL's Hockey Operations Department. Fans can begin voting on Monday, Nov. 14 and the voting concludes Thursday, Jan. 4.
ON NOV. 14, YOU CAN VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE WILD PLAYERS HERE.
Fans will be permitted to select as few as one player - a balloted player or write-in - per online ballot. The 2012 NHL All-Star Fan Balloting marks the sixth straight year the balloting process is entirely digital on NHL.com. The players selected by the fans will be named the first NHL All-Stars. Voting concludes Jan. 4, with the top six vote-getters by position - three forwards, two defensemen and goalie – set to take part in the 2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game in Ottawa on January 29.
Heatley, 30 (1/21/81), leads the Wild with 10 points (5-5=10) and 48 shots on goal in 14 games this season. He has previously been selected to play in the 2003, 2007, 2008 and 2009 NHL All-Star Games. Heatley has tallied 699 points (330-369=699) in 683 career NHL games.
Koivu, 28 (3/12/83), owns nine points (1-8=9) and a plus-5 rating in 14 contests this year. The team captain has collected 326 points (97-229=326) in 447 career games with the Wild.
Zidlicky, 34 (2/3/77), leads all Wild defensemen in scoring with four assists in 14 games this season. He owns 288 points (60-228=288) in 521 career contests.
Seven Minnesota Wild players have represented the team in past NHL All-Star Games. Marian Gaborik became the first Wild player to participate in the contest in 2003. In 2004, Filip Kuba and Dwayne Roloson represented Minnesota at the NHL All-Star Game held at Xcel Energy Center. Brian Rolston appeared in the 2007 NHL All-Star Game. Gaborik made his second All-Star appearance in 2008. Niklas Backstrom made his first career NHL All-Star team in 2009. Brent Burns and Martin Havlat appeared in the 2011 NHL All-Star Game.
How to Vote
• NHL.com/vote will feature interactive online ballots available in eight languages, accessible anywhere in the world. Each player ballot page includes video highlights and real-time, sortable player statistics. Fans will be permitted to select as few as one player - a balloted player or write-in - per online ballot.
• Mobile users in the U.S. and Canada will be able to cast their votes via text message using any mobile device and wireless carrier or via a mobile ballot available in English and French. To vote via text message using any wireless carrier, fans should text their favorite player’s last name to the shortcode 81812. Message and data rates may apply. The mobile ballot is available on iPhone, Android and other mobile devices, using any wireless carrier.
• Facebook and Twitter users will be able to share their individual player selections online. Upon submitting a ballot on NHL.com/vote, fans can send messages inviting others to cast their votes online.