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Last week we learned of the players that were named for this season’s 2012 All Star Game which will be held on Sunday January 29th. There are 127 names including the usual one’s such as Sidney Crosby, Alexander Ovechkin, Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, and Henrik Lundqvist are all listed on the ballot. First timers named include James Neal, Jordan Staal, Jamie Benn, and Kris Letang.
The Florida Panthers have three players nominated with Brian Campbell, Ed Jovanovski and Tomas Fleischmann as the players representing the club. Missing however are two names that just flat out have me scratching my head. Jason Garrison and Kris Versteeg deserve nomination, not for their performance last season, which is over. But for this season. Garrison has six goals already in the young season, and has been one of the steady performers on the Panther blueline. Kris Versteeg is the leader for Florida in goals and points, and has had a very exciting start to the campaign.
I’m surprised at their omission just as I’m surprised at a few of the names that are on the ballot: Jay Bouwmeester, James Reimer, Jaroslav Halak, and John Michael-Liles. Here’s the ballot of all the names that are listed.
So what can we do about this? Voting starts on November 14th. The link is here for you to vote. There are multiple ways for you to vote which you can read about here. I urge all of you to write in both Garrison and Versteeg. They deserve it.
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