January 4, 2015 / 12:57 AM / 3 years ago

Latvia's Girgensons voted into All Star Game

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Buffalo Sabres center Zemgus Girgensons (28) celebrates his goal against the Calgary Flames during the third period at First Niagara Center. Sabres beat the Flames 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports - RTR4HPB1

(Reuters) - The Buffalo Sabres' Latvian center Zemgus Girgensons was the fan favorite in voting for the NHL All Star Game as the first six players were announced on Saturday.

The 20-year-old, who garnered more than 1.5 million votes, was joined by five players from the Chicago Blackhawks -- Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith, BrentSeabrook and goaltender Corey Crawford.

The remaining All Star roster will be determined by the NHL and announced on Jan. 10.

The mid-season showcase will be the first in three years after the NHL lockout in 2013 and the Winter Olympics last year.

Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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