Alex Ovechkin’s phenomenal 2018 continues as he was named the Metropolitan Division All-Star captain for the second consecutive season on Thursday as announced by the NHL.
The four division all-star captains were determined by fan vote open from Dec. 1-23. Coming out of the Christmas break, Ovechkin leads the NHL in goals with 29, three more than Buffalo’s Jeff Skinner who has played in two more games. Ovechkin is currently on pace for a 68-goal season, a feat even more impressive considering his age.
The other All-Star captains named Thursday are Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche and Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers.
Of those three, the oldest is MacKinnon at 23 years old. Those three players have appeared in a combined six All-Star Games. Ovechkin is 33 and has played in seven previous All-Star Games.
Ovechkin not only leads the NHL in goals, but he also tops the division with 44 points (29 goals, 15 assists) helping lead the Caps to first place in the division with a 22-10-3 record. The NHL did not release vote totals for other players or how close the vote was, but considering how dominant Ovechkin has been in the wake of a Stanley Cup championship, it would not be surprising if the vote was a runaway for the Great 8.
The 2019 All-Star Game will be played in San Jose with the skills competition on Jan. 25 and the three-on-three tournament on Jan. 26. The remaining players will be selected by the NHL’s Hockey Operations Department and the team coaches will be taken from the teams with the highest points percentage in each division at the halfway point of the regular season.
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