After dominating the fan vote, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is headed to Las Vegas for the 2022 NHL All-Star Game. Not only that, but he will also wear the “C” for the Metropolitan Division.
Ovechkin received 30.4 percent of the vote to earn his 12th career All-Star Game selection.
The Great 8 has been having an outstanding season and has 24 goals and 52 points through 37 games this season, good for third in the NHL in scoring behind Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl.
Ovechkin also continues to smash NHL records and rewrite the history books. He started sixth on the NHL’s all-time goals list and is now in sole possession of fourth place, having passed Brett Hull. His 754 goals sit just 13 shy of passing Jaromir Jagr for third in NHL history. Not only that but the Russian hit 275 career power-play goals, breaking Dave Andreychuk’s record for the most PPGs ever in the NHL.
The 36-year-old is also continuing to put himself in the Hart Trophy conversation as he helps carry the Capitals, who have faced a lot of adversity this season and have seen a number of key players out, including Nicklas Backstrom, T.J. Oshie and more amid injuries, COVID and other illnesses.
Right now, though, he is working through his own upper-body injury that sidelined him for Thursday’s practice. However, head coach Peter Laviolette is optimistic that he will play on Saturday.
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Ovechkin is also continuing to put himself in the Hart Trophy conversation. He has not only stayed atop the NHL, but he has been helping to keep the adversity-riddled Capitals near the top of the standings.
This year’s All-Star Weekend will take place from Feb. 4-5 in Nevada. The ASG will again be a three-game tournament featuring 3-on-3 hockey.
Evgeny Kuznetsov, John Carlson and Tom Wilson also earned consideration for a spot at the All-Star Game. However, they did not make the roster. Kuznetsov is on the “Last Men In” ballot, so he still has a chance to make it. Fans can vote for the Last Men In here.
Here is the full Metro Roster:
Forwards: Ovechkin, Claude Giroux, Chris Kreider, Jack Hughes, Sebastian Aho
Defensemen: Adam Fox, Zach Werenski, Adam Pelech
Goalies: Frederik Andersen, Tristan Jarry