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Capitals Captain Alex Ovechkin Named To 2023 NHL All-Star Game

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is headed to the 2023 NHL All-Star Weekend in Florida.



For the 13th time in his career, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin has been selected for the NHL All-Star Game. He'll head to Sunrise and join the Metropolitan Division team for the 2023 NHL All-Star Weekend to open February.

The festivities kick off on Feb. 3 with the Skills Competition, with the ASG happening on Feb. 4. He is the Capitals representative for the festivities as one player from each team heads to Florida. The rest of the division rosters will be decided by a fan vote.

Ovechkin has the most NHL All-Star selections in franchise history (13), and it is well deserved as he continues to make history in his 18th NHL season. In 40 games so far, No. 8 has 28 goals and 19 assists, as well as two hat tricks. On Dec. 13, he recorded a hat trick to reach 800 career NHL goals, and on Dec. 23, he struck twice to pass Gordie Howe for second on the NHL's all-time goals list. He is up to 808 career goals.

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This will be Ovechkin's eighth All-Star appearance. The 37-year-old has missed the last three All-Star Weekends, as he elected to skip in 2019 and 2020 to rest up for the remainder of the season. He was named the captain of the Metropolitan Division team last season but did not attend after testing positive for COVID-19. Tom Wilson attended in his place, while Evgeny Kuznetsov also earned a trip to the ASG.

His selection comes on a news-filled day for the Russian, who announced several D.C. community initiatives to celebrate his 800th career goal. He will host 800 Arlington County Public School children at practice on Jan. 13, and he also donated to the American Special Hockey Association. Select D.C. rinks will also be installing "Ovi's Office" logos at the top of the left faceoff circle to commemorate Ovechkin.

He is joined on the Metro roster by Andrei Svechnikov (Carolina Hurricanes), Johnny Gaudreau (Columbus Blue Jackets), Jack Hughes (New Jersey Devils), Brock Nelson (New York Islanders), Igor Shesterkin (New York Rangers), Kevin Hayes (Philadelphia Flyers) and Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins).

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