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Zemgus Girgensons wins fan voting and is heading to NHL All-Star Game

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Zemgus Girgensons wins fan voting and is heading to NHL All-Star Game

Bryan Mcwilliam
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The Zemgus Girgensons All-Star voting excitement is over. The Latvian forward of the Buffalo Sabres officially won the fan vote for the 2015 NHL All-Star Game with an astonishing amount of support.

Well, it's official. Buffalo Sabres forward Zemgus Girgensons, who shockingly received a ton of support from fans – mainly from his native Latvia as well as the Buffalo Sabres – will be heading to the 2015 NHL All-Star Game in Columbus.

Girgensons, a 20-year-old center from Riga, Latvia topped all vote-getters with 1,574,896.

The youngster will be joined by five Chicago Blackhawks players: forwards Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, defensemen Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook and goaltender Corey Crawford.

The voting for fans closed at 11:59 p.m. ET on January 1st, with the top six vote-getters by position (three forwards, two defensemen and one goaltender) being named as the first six all-stars.

More than 35 million votes were cast by fans with close to 27 percent of the vote coming from outside of North America. That total was up an astonishing 7,000 percent from 2012.

The Girgensons story has been an exciting one to follow as the fan backing for the Latvian star came out of nowhere and showed a massive amount of support from a small hockey nation such as Latvia.

"It's a little bit embarrassing and funny at the same time," Girgensons told The Associated Press. "It came out of nowhere. I know people know me back home, but I didn't think it was going to go that far. That's like crazy far."

Girgensons has 20 points, including 11 goals, in 29 games in his second season with the Sabres.

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