Washington Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin told the NHL he will skip the 2019 All-Star Game in San Jose later this month to get some extra rest and serve an automatic one-game suspension.
Ovechkin has participated in seven All-Star Games throughout his career and was named captain of the Metropolitan Division squad on December 27th, but as per the NHL policy, skipping the All-Star game means that he will be forced to sit out one regular season game.
“My body needs a rest,” Ovechkin said after practice on Wednesday. The 33-year-old has played in all 33 games this season and leads the Capitals with 45 points.
#Caps captain Alex Ovechkin has informed the NHL that he will miss the 2019 NHL All-Star Game in San Jose, preferring to take full advantage of the adjoining bye week to recuperate and get ready for the second half of the season and the playoff push.
— Mike Vogel (@VogsCaps) January 2, 2019
Washington’s final game before the All-Star break is January 23rd in Toronto. The All-Star festivities begin January 25th, and the Capitals don’t play again until February 1st.
At this moment it is not clear who will take over as captain of the Metropolitan division, but the full All-Star roster will be released Wednesday night.