The people have spoken. And the people in the 2012 NHL All-Star Game's host city spoke more often than the rest.
Four Ottawa Senators, including defenseman Erik Karlsson, were among the top six vote-getters for this season's All-Star game, which will take place in Canada's capital city later this month. None of the Blackhawks placed in the top six; Jonathan Toews was the team's highest voted (eighth among forwards). Patrick Kane was 12th, Marian Hossa was 15th and Patrick Sharp was 22nd among the forwards. Duncan Keith was eighth among defensemen.
Fellow Senators Jason Spezza, Daniel Alfredsson and Milan Michalek were also among the top six. Toronto defenseman Dion Phaneuf and Boston goaltender Tim Thomas round out the top selections.
The NHL Hockey Operations staff will name the rest of the All-Star players later this month.
With exactly a month to go until Chicago hosts the 2017 NHL Draft for the first time ever, the Blackhawks and league announced Wednesday their plans for Fan Fest held outside the United Center on June 23 and 24.
A handful of Blackhawks players and alumni will be in attendance and made available for photo opportunities, as will the Stanley Cup. Fans will also be able to explore the NHL Centennial Fan Arena, "a 53-foot museum truck with an innovative interior featuring more than 1,000 square feet of interactive digital displays, original video content, one-of-a-kind historical memorabilia, unique photo moments and a social media wall," according to the press release.
A full list of activities, special guest appearances and schedule will be posted at a later date.
Friday's events will run from 3 to 9 p.m. while Saturday's festivites will go from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Parking Lot C, north of the United Center.
Additional passes for the weekend will be made available to the public starting June 9. For more information, visit chicagoblackhawks.com/fanfest.
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