If you've noticed Buffalo Sabres forward Zemgus Girgensons at the top of the voting for the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game, it's no mistake. The Sabres forward is the leading vote-getter for the All-Star Game in Columbus. He's tied for the Sabres lead in goals with Tyler Ennis (7) and is second in points (13). But that's probably not why he's piled up so many votes (399,356 as of Tuesday). A lot of the support is coming from his home country. "He's a very popular man over in Latvia," Sabres coach Ted Nolan said Monday. "I think from the Sochi Olympics he got his name out there a little bit more. Playing the way he's playing here in Buffalo the first couple years, he's getting his name out, so hopefully he's going to be a household name here in North America the way he is in Latvia. And good for him, he deserves everything he's getting." Girgensons played for Latvia at the 2014 Sochi Olympics and made an impression when Latvia came close to defeating the eventual gold-medal winners, Canada, in the men's quarterfinals. Now in his second NHL season, the 21-year-old has found a home centering the Sabres top line with Ennis and Matt Moulson. "Maybe all of Latvia is voting for him or something, that's how he's got all the polls behind him," Sabres forward Marcus Foligno said Tuesday. "Maybe we should get a campaign going. Get some promotions out there, maybe he'll get in. If he gets in, that's awesome and I'm happy for him."
Sabres Zemgus Girgensons crushing in all-star voting
NHL.com | Dec 2