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.
On the latest Blackhawks Talk Podcast, Adam Burish and Pat Boyle discuss which Blackhawks could be on the trading block and what players are building blocks for the Hawks future.
Burish also shares a couple memorable trade deadline days and his “near” return to the Blackhawks in 2012. Plus, he makes his bold trade deadline prediction for the Hawks.
Listen to the full Blackhawks Talk Podcast right here:
The Blackhawks have banned the four fans — who were ejected from Saturday's game against the Washington Capitals for their racist remarks towards Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly — from future home games.
On Monday, a Blackhawks spokesperson released this statement:
We have contacted the select individuals involved in the incident on Saturday to notify them that they are no longer welcome at our home games. Racist comments and other inappropriate behavior are not tolerated by the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Blackhawks also wanted to remind fans that they can alert security at the United Center by texting the following to 69050: UCASSIST <SPACE> followed by the seating section, row and a brief description of the issue.