- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 1, 2001

Five Washington Capitals appear on the NHL All-Star ballot that will be available today on the Internet and starting Nov. 9 in league rinks.
The five Caps appear on the World team portion of the ballot. Washington was not represented among the nominees for the North American team.
Heading the nominees is right wing Jaromir Jagr of the Czech Republic, who has played in the All-Star Game 10 times. Others are left wing Peter Bondra of Slovakia, a veteran of five games; goalie Olie Kolzig, who carries a German passport and has been in two games; defenseman Sergei Gonchar of Russia, who played last February for the first time; and defenseman Calle Johansson of Sweden, who has never been in an All-Star Game.
The nomination of Johansson is long overdue. He has been the Caps' best all-around defenseman for years, has played for his country and been captain of teams in Olympic Games, World Championships and the World Cup of Hockey. He was named to the All-Star team of the latter, sharing first-team honors with Chris Chelios of the United States.
The 52nd All-Star Game will be Feb. 2 in Los Angeles. To cast electronic ballots, log onto NHL.com.


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