Ovechkin to skip All-Star Game for extra rest
Washington Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin told the NHL he will skip the 2019 All-Star Game in San Jose later this month to take advantage of the extra rest the break provides, according to Mike Vogel of the team's website.
Ovechkin was named captain of the Metropolitan Division squad on Dec. 27. Per NHL policy, he will be forced to sit out one regular season game for skipping the event.
The Capitals play 12 games in January leading up to the festivities, which begin with the annual skills competition on Jan. 25. Washington then has its bye week before returning to action Feb. 1.
Ovechkin, 33, has participated in seven All-Star Games throughout his career. He currently leads the league with 29 goals while adding 16 assists in 38 games.