Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin said that as of right now, he’s all in for the 2022 NHL All-Star Game in Las Vegas to open the month of February.
The 36-year-old won 30.4 percent of the All-Star fan vote and will serve as the captain for the Metropolitan Division. He called the ASG selection a “huge privilege,” and was excited to earn his 12th career All-Star Game selection — and be voted as the Metro captain for the fifth time.
Of course, he did note that it will be important for him to be back at full strength. No. 8 has been dealing with a nagging upper-body injury that has been bothering him for a bit.
“Most important thing, I have to get healthy and we’ll see,” Ovechkin said.
However, when asked if he would attend the festivities, Ovechkin assured the media that as of right now, he’s Vegas-bound.
“You have to go to the Vegas. It’s great stuff, you know? You’re going to see lots of great players out there and obviously, I’m going,” Ovechkin said. “You never know what’s going to happen, right?”
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Ovechkin had missed the last two All-Star Games, electing to rest and gear up for the second half of the season and playoff push. As a result, he served a one-game suspension in both 2019 and 2020. He also missed the 2016 ASG due to injury and chose not to attend the weekend in 2012 while serving a three-game suspension.
The Russian winger has 24 goals and 52 points through 37 games this season and ranks third in the league in scoring. He has yet to miss a game this season but did acknowledge that he still working through his injury. Ovechkin said he will see how he feels on Saturday before he decides on whether or not he will play on Saturday against New York.