Alex Ovechkin Will Serve Suspension For Skipping All-Star Game on February 1 vs. Flames

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After the Washington Capitals’ 7-6 overtime loss to the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night, captain Alex Ovechkin, who scored a hat trick and notched four points in the loss, told the media that he will play against the Toronto Maple Leafs tomorrow night. As a result of this decision, he will have to serve his suspension for missing the NHL All-Star Weekend in San Jose this upcoming weekend against the Calgary Flames on Friday, February 1, the game following the All-Star Break. 

After winning the Stanley Cup last season, the 33-year old wants to use the All-Star Break as a break to gear up for hopefully another long playoff run. He was voted in as captain of the Metropolitan Division by the fans.


Ovechkin enters Wednesday’s game at the Maple Leafs first in the NHL with 36 goals this season and leads the Capitals with 56 points through 49 games this season.

This was the second consecutive season and the third time in the past four that Ovechkin was voted in by the fans as captain of the Metropolitan Division.

Goaltender Braden Holtby, defenseman John Carlson, and head coach Todd Reirden will represent the Capitals in San Jose for All-Star weekend.

By Harrison Brown

About Harrison Brown

Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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3 Responses to Alex Ovechkin Will Serve Suspension For Skipping All-Star Game on February 1 vs. Flames

  1. Diane Doyle says:

    I would say, count on the Flames winning that game. But not surprised that he would choose to sit out that game. Non-division and non-conference rival as opposed to the Leafs who are a conference rival, especially when that one will get televised to not just the local audience.

    I also predict that a lot of people with tickets to the Flames game will put them up for sale.

    Spoiler: I hate this All Star suspension rule.

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