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Zemgus Girgensons, five Blackhawks top NHL All-Star fan voting

Zemgus Girgensons, five Blackhawks top NHL All-Star fan voting
Zemgus Girgensons of the Buffalo Sabres has received the most votes for the 2015 All-Star game with a vast majority of his votes coming from his home country of Latvia. (Jen Fuller / Associated Press)

The people have spoken — many of them with a Latvian accent — and they’ve given Latvian-born forward Zemgus Girgensons of the Buffalo Sabres the most votes in fan balloting for the NHL All-Star game.

The NHL on Saturday announced the top six vote-getters, who automatically earned spots in the Jan. 25 game at Columbus. The remaining roster will be determined by the league and will be announced next Saturday.

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Girgensons got 1,574,896 votes in balloting that ended earlier this week. The NHL previously estimated that 80% of his support came from his homeland.

The next five vote-getters were from the Chicago Blackhawks: winger Patrick Kane (1,232,201), center Jonathan Toews (1,217,210), defenseman Duncan Keith (1,198,173), goaltender Corey Crawford (1,099,504) and defenseman Brent Seabrook (1,016,992).

Here's a link to some background information on the voting and the All-Star game.

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