November 3, 2008 / 4:21 PM / 9 years ago

NHL to offer real-time results in all-star voting

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The National Hockey League said on Monday it will be the first major sports league to offer real-time results from all-star fan voting on its website.

Fans of the North American professional sports league will be able to vote as often as they want at from November 12 to January 2 for the all-star game in Montreal on January 25, the NHL said. Results of the voting, which can be done in English or French, will be available on a real-time basis.

“By making real-time results available to our fans on, we’re allowing a level of transparency and engagement that no sports league has ever done,” Brian Jennings, the NHL’s vice president of marketing, said in a statement.

Fans in the United States or Canada also will be able to vote via text message.

Fans can vote for up to six players -- three forwards, two defense players and a goalie -- for both the Eastern and Western conferences. Also, for the first time, fans can select as few as one player per ballot.

Reporting by Ben Klayman; editing by Jeffrey Benkoe

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