Buffalo - January 5, 2015 - The Sabres may suck something fierce, but there’s a little good news: Zemgus Girgensons, the pride of Latvia, is officially an NHL All-Star.
On Saturday, the NHL announced the first six All-Stars for the game in Columbus later in the month. Girgensons led the way with over 1.5 million votes, joined by, well the Chicago Blackhawks. Corey Crawford will be in net (1,099,504 votes), Duncan Keith (1,198,173) and Brent Seabrook (1,016,992) will be on defense and Patrick Kane (1,232,201) and Jonathan Toews (1,217,210) up front.
Girgensons was powered by the support of his home country, a population of about 1,997,500. From the NHL:
Fans cast more than 35 million votes this year, up 52 percent from the 2012 NHL All-Star fan campaign. Nearly 27 percent of those votes were cast by fans outside of North America, up 7,000 percent from 2012.
We’re still a bit away from finding out who will fill out the rest of the roster, with that announcement coming January 10th.
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