Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, left, is currently the leading vote-getter in NHL all-star fan balloting. ((Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press))

Sidney Crosby leads all players in voting for the NHL all-star game, receiving 118,755 votes from fans in the first week, the league said on Tuesday.

The Pittsburgh Penguins captain finished first on the fan ballot the last time the game was held in 2009.

Crosby had a large lead over Chicago Blackhawks defenceman Duncan Keith, who sat at 82,968 votes in results provided by the NHL on Monday.

The all-star game will be played in Raleigh, N.C., on Jan. 30 with a new format. Captains will select the two teams from the pool of available players in a live draft.

Fan balloting will account for six players — one to start at each position — while the NHL's hockey operations staff will select the others.

The leading vote-getters by position are as follows:

  • Sidney Crosby, F, Pittsburgh, 118,755 votes
  • Alex Ovechkin, F, Washington, 80,169
  • Jonathan Toews, F, Chicago, 79,953
  • Duncan Keith, D, Chicago, 82,968 
  • Nicklas Lidstrom, D, Detroit, 80,723 
  • Carey Price, G, Montreal, 71,669

Amazingly, the support for Price came entirely from write-in votes because he wasn't included on the original ballot. Another write-in candidate, Philadelphia Flyers rookie Sergei Bobrovsky, sat second among goaltenders with 58,101 votes.