Saturday, December 16, 2006

Burnside backs Rory campaign

I think ESPN's Scott Burnside is the first media pundit I've seen who's taken to backing the Vote for Rory campaign:
Some will suggest that Fitzpatrick's potential presence in Dallas somehow denigrates the institution. But with all due respect to All-Stars living and dead, people, it's the All-Star Game. This is an event about closing the gap between fans, players and sponsors, not about any meaningful competition. It's a schmooze-fest of the highest order. Nothing more, nothing less.

And given that, surely there's a place for Fitzpatrick here.


At 3:40 p.m., December 20, 2006, Blogger girlysportsrant said...

He's made it!

Rory Fitzpatrick, all-star?
Canuck 2nd among Western Conference defencemen
Canadian Press Dec 20, 2006, 12:37 PM EST

NEW YORK (CP) - Rory Fitzpatrick is on the verge of becoming an NHL all-star.

Fitzpatrick, a journeyman defenceman with the Vancouver Canucks, is second in voting among Western Conference blue-liners in results released Wednesday by the league. Fitzpatrick has 428,832 votes, trailing only Anaheim Ducks defenceman Scott Niedermayer (447,502).

Should Fitzpatrick remain in the top two by the time voting ends Jan. 2, he will earn a spot in the all-star game as a write-in candidate with just nine goals and 18 assists in 229 career NHL games.

The movement to send Fitzpatrick to the all-star game Jan. 24 in Dallas began with a fan website, The phenomenon has since found its way into print and TV media, vaulting the unheralded Fitzpatrick ahead of all-star veterans Nicklas Lidstrom of Detroit (427,364), Chris Pronger of Anaheim (340,941) and Sergei Zubov of Dallas (172,334).

Fitzpatrick has yet to record a point in 19 games this season, returning to the lineup Dec. 14 after missing over a month with a broken bone in his left ankle.


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