Hawks well represented on All-Star ballot

SAN JOSE -- The first round of balloting for the 2011 NHL All-Star game has been released, and the Chicago Blackhawks, led by defenseman Duncan Keith, are well represented.

Keith is second in the overall fan voting with 82,968 votes, behind only Sidney Crosby. He leads all defensemen in voting by a small margin. Detroit’s Nicklas Lidstrom is right behind Keith with 80,723 votes.

Other Hawks near the top of the list include Jonathan Toews, who is third among forwards; Patrick Kane ranks fifth; while Marian Hossa is eighth. Patrick Sharp, as a write-in candidate, is twenty third among all forwards in the league.

On defense, Brent Seabrook is seventh in voting while Brian Campbell ranks nineteenth. Marty Turco, also a write-in candidate, is fourteenth among goaltenders.

The Hawks have nine players among the top vote getters after the first week of balloting. That’s the most of any team in the league.

Fan balloting can be done at NHL.com/vote through January 3. The All-Star Game is Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011 in Raleigh, N.C.