Ovechkin Sent To 2023 NHL All-Star Game In Sunrise, Florida

Photo: The San Diego Union-Tribune

The NHL announced the first representative for each team in the Eastern Conference at the 2023 All-Star Weekend in Sunrise, Florida from February 3-4 at the first intermission of Thursday’s Washington Capitals-Columbus Blue Jackets nationally broadcasted contest. Captain Alex Ovechkin was appointed as Washington’s first pick at the event for the 13th time in his NHL career.

The 37-year-old passed on attending in 2019 and 2020 to rest as he got older and missed last year’s game in Las Vegas, Nevada after testing positive for COVID-19.

Ovechkin leads Washington with 28 goals (which is also tied for third in NHL with Vancouver Canucks center Bo Horvat) and 47 points (tied for eighth) in 40 games this season. He has at least 17 more goals and 13 more points than anyone else on his team.

Since December 7, Ovechkin leads the NHL with 15 goals and trails only Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid (25) for the league lead in points with 22 in 13 games.

He has led Washington to a 14-3-3 record since November 22, the second-best record in the NHL over that span behind only the Carolina Hurricanes (15-2-2), to lift them into a tie for third place in the Metropolitan Division with the New York Rangers (who have a game in hand) after the team started 7-10-3.

So far this season, Ovechkin has broken the NHL record for most goals with one franchise on November 5, set the record for most road goals with the 402nd of his career on November 29, scored the 800th goal of his career on December 13, and tied and passed Gordie Howe for second place on the league’s all-time goal-scoring list with his 801st and 802nd career goals on December 23.

Here are the All-Star candidates from each Eastern Conference team:

* C SIdney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins

* G Igor Shesterkin, New York Rangers

* LW Andrei Svechnikov, Carolina

* LW Johnny Gaudreau, Columbus

* C Brock Nelson, New York Islanders

* C Kevin Hayes, Philadelphia Flyers

* C Jack Hughes, New Jersey Devils

* C Tage Thompson, Buffalo Sabres

* LW Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning

* G Linus Ullmark, Boston Bruins

* C Dylan Larkin, Detroit Red Wings

* LW Matthew Tkachuk, Florida Panthers

* C Nick Suzuki, Montreal Canadiens

* LW Brady Tkachuk, Ottawa Senators

* RW Mitch Marner, Toronto Maple Leafs

The NHL will announce the picks from the Western Conference squads at the second intermission of Washington’s game on Thursday.

Fans will have the opportunity to vote for the remaining players that go to Sunrise next month starting at 9 PM ET on Thursday.

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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9 Responses to Ovechkin Sent To 2023 NHL All-Star Game In Sunrise, Florida

  1. Jon Sorensen says:

    BTW, heard live alligators will be involved in this year’s skills competition. Seriously.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Go get ‘em Ovi!

  3. KimRB says:

    Will Ovi skip this one to rest,Iike he has before? I’d say get ready for another 1 game suspension.

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