February 4, 2015
Alexander Ovechkin Removes Himself From the NHL All-Star Game
The NHL All-Star game will be without Washington Capitals forward Alexander Ovechkin, who pulled himself from the competition.
Ovechkin, who was issued a three-game suspension for a hit on Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Zbynek Michalek, has backed out of the game. His replacement will be Michalekâ€™s teammate, Penguins forward James Neal. Neal is the Penguins leader in goals with 27 and second on the team in points, compiling 47.
Today will be the NHL All-Star fantasy draft in which the two team captains -- Daniel Alfredsson of the Ottawa Senators and Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins -- will select their players to divide the All-Stars into two teams.
Meanwhile, Ovechkin has decided that if he is suspended, he didnâ€™t want to be a distraction by participating in the All-Star game which he was still eligible to do despite the regular three-game suspension. His season has been underwhelming as well, which some could see as a real reason that Ovechkin shouldnâ€™t be there.
Ovechkin is still one of the best players in hockey, so itâ€™s a bit upsetting for NHL fans with some of the top players in the world -- Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby and Jonathan Toews -- will not be in on the festivities.
By: Brandon Williams