Ovechkin to skip All-Star Game

05 Janvier, 2019, 21:11 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
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Alex Ovechkin will skip the all-star Weekend in San Jose to get some extra rest and serve an automatic one-game suspension. The All-Star break will be attached to the the Capitals' bye week, meaning Ovechkin will have a great opportunity for an extended vacation. Ovechkin has played in all 38 Capitals games this season, amassing 29 goals and 16 assists.

Washington's final game before the All-Star break is January 23 at Toronto.

"My body needs a rest", he said after practice on Wednesday.

Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly confirmed Ovechkin must miss either the game before or after the All-Star break.

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On Tuesday, the National Hockey League confirmed All-Star Weekend will be held January 24 to January 26 at the Enterprise Center in downtown St. Louis.

The big beneficiaries were Ovechkin's team, as he led the Capitals to their first-ever Stanley Cup win.

Last week, the 33-year-old Ovechkin was announced as one of the four fan-voted captains that will represent each of the league's divisions during the event.

The other captains are forwards Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs (Atlantic Division), Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche (Central Division) and Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers (Pacific Division).

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