Alex Ovechkin is skipping the NHL All-Star Game.
The Capitals’ star forward said Wednesday he will sit out the league’s showcase weekend in San Jose, California, allowing his body a full week to recuperate after a shorter offseason following Washington’s Stanley Cup championship run last summer.
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“It’s a tough decision, obviously,” Ovechkin told reporters Wednesday. “I like to be part of all the events, but right now I think at that time of the year and at my age, we decided to take a one-week break.”
Per NHL rules, Ovechkin will have to sit out either the Capitals’ Jan. 23 game at Toronto or the Feb. 1 game against Calgary as a penalty for skipping All-Star weekend.
The 33-year-old had been selected as Metropolitan Division captain in a fan vote last month, securing his 11th All-Star selection.
The All-Star skills competition will be Jan. 25 in San Jose, with the game itself set for the following day. Full team rosters will be announced Wednesday night.