New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago Blackhawks placed five players among the first six announced Saturday for this month's NHL All-Star Game.
Forwards Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, defensemen Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook, and goaltender Corey Crawford will represent the Blackhawks at NHL All-Star Weekend, Jan. 24-25 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus. Buffalo Sabres forward Zemgus Girgensons was also announced as an All-Star based on the latest voting totals.
The 20-year-old Girgensons, a native of Latvia, led all players with 1,574,896 votes. The 14th overall pick in the 2012 draft, Girgensons entered play Saturday with 11 goals and nine assists in 39 games this season.
Most of the voting support Girgensons had came from his home country. He played for Latvia at the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Fan voting stopped at 11:59 p.m. ET on Jan. 1. The remaining All-Star roster will be determined by the NHL and announced next Saturday.
Kane, who leads Chicago with 18 goals and 23 assists, will appear in his fourth All-Star Game. He had 1,232,201 votes, which was second-most in the league.
Toews, who has 13 goals and 19 assists this season, will head to his third All-Star contest. It will also be the third for Keith, who was fourth in voting, just behind Toews.
Seabrook, who is in his 10th season, will participate in his first All-Star Game. He was second in voting among defensemen with 1,016,992 tallies.
Crawford, who has a 14-7-2 record with a 2.13 goals-against average this season, will also play in his initial All-Star Game. He led all goaltenders with 1,099,504 votes.