Alex Ovechkin rightfully makes the NHL All-Star Game

Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports /

About a week ago the National Hockey League announced the first rosters for the NHL All Star Game. To no one’s surprise, Alex Ovechkin will be representing the Washington Capitals in Florida for his franchise record 13th All Star Game.

NHL All Star Weekend will take place on Feb. 3-4 at FLA Live Arena in Sunrise, Florida.

The previous All Star Game appearances for Ovechkin were 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2022.

In seven career All Star Games (he did not participate in the 2012, 2016, 2019, 2020, and 2022 games), Ovechkin has recorded 14 points with seven goals and seven assists. The 37 year old ranked tied for fourth in the NHL in goals and tied for 15th in points through games played Jan. 11.

Ovechkin has 48 points along with 29 goals and 19 assists.

Ovechkin scored his 802nd career goal on Dec. 23 against the Winnipeg Jets, passing Gordie Howe (801) for second place on the NHL’s all time goals list. Ovechkin now only trails Wayne Gretzky (894) for the most goals in NHL history.

On Dec. 13 against the Chicago Blackhawks, Ovechkin recorded his 29th career hat trick to become the third player in NHL history to reach the 800 goal mark.

Ovechkin would then notch his 30th career hat trick on Dec. 31 against the Montreal Canadiens, becoming the sixth player in NHL history to score 30 hat tricks, joining Gretzky (50), Mario Lemieux (40), Mike Bossy (39), Brett Hull (33), and Phil Esposito (32).

Ovechkin’s seven multi goal games this season are the second most in the league.

Ovechkin is on pace to score 57 goals this season. Should Ovechkin reach the 50 goal mark, it would be his 10th career 50 goal season, passing Gretzky and Bossy (9) for the most in NHL history.

Ovechkin would also pass Gretzky (12) for the most 40 goal seasons in NHL history and Mike Gartner (17) for the most 30 goal seasons in NHL history.

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Here’s hoping this year Ovechkin will not only participate but entertain hockey fans around the world.