If his buddies have anything to do with it, Jimmy Howard is going to the NHL All-Star Game.

The game is Jan. 29 in Ottawa, and Howard isn't on the official ballot, so he's getting voted as a write-in candidate.

But many of Howard's friends from his hometown of Ogdensburg, N.Y., which Howard said is about 45 minutes away, are going online and doing their duty of voting for Howard every day, as often as they can, and hoping to put Howard in his first All-Star Game.

"They're all fired up," Howard said late last week. "They've voting and they all want me there."