Send the Flyers to the All-Star Game

This year's NHL All-Star Game will be played in Raleigh, N.C. (Carolina Hurricanes)

This year’s NHL All-Star Game will be played in Raleigh, N.C. (Carolina Hurricanes)

It’s time once again for people across the United States and Canada, and even across the world, to vote for their favorite hockey players to take part in the NHL All-Star Game, which will be hosted in Raleigh, N.C. on Jan. 29-30.

The All-Star teams, however, will be picked differently than in years past. Gone is North America vs. the World or East vs. West. Now, the players will revert back to their childhood days. They will vote for two team captains, and the captains will then choose their team through a “fantasy draft.” Let the great debate begin. Who will be captain? Who will be picked first? Who will be picked last? But before we can get that far, first, the All-Stars must be chosen.

This is where you, the Flyers fans, come into play. Rally behind the Orange & Black and send our players to the game. The voting for the All-Stars opens on Nov. 15 and runs through Jan. 3. The three forwards, two defensemen and goalie with the most votes will be the first NHL All-Stars.

The official ballot consists of five players: Danny Briere, Jeff Carter, Mike Richards, Chris Pronger and Kimmo Timonen.

Notably missing off the ballot are point-scoring machine Claude Giroux and rookie sensation Sergei Bobrovsky.

As faithful Flyers fans, we must join the mission to write-in Giroux and Bobrovsky, along with voting for the other five already on the ballot (to vote in Giroux, you’re going to have to leave out either Carter, Richards or Briere).

The NHL made sure there would be no excuses for people to not vote. They made it simple and easy with several different ways:

  1. NHL.com – It’s posted all over the main page of the Web site. You can’t miss it. Click here to get straight to the page.
  2. Text – Text the last name of the player to 81812.
  3. Mobile Ballot – iPhone users have the option of using a mobile ballot
  4. Facebook – You can vote on for each position on the NHL’s Facebook page. Vote for forwards from Nov. 15-29, defensemen Nov. 30-Dec. 12 and goaltenders Dec. 13-Jan. 3

Some of you may ask, “What’s the point? It’s just a boring, meaningless game.” Well it may be for you, but did you think about the players? Go back and listen to interviews of players who have participated in the All-Star Game in the past and they will say how excited their were to be selected and to take part in the event. I doubt you will find a single player who says they have a horrible time.

Now that you know what to do, get voting!

Check back every Tuesday to see the updated numbers.

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