Ovechkin named to both NHL All-Stars Teams

Ovechkin named to both NHL All-Stars Teams
July 3, 2013, 1:15 pm
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(Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports)

Alex Ovechkin, a previous five-time selection to the NHL First All-Star Team at left wing, has been voted to the First Team at right wing in 2012-13 to become just the second player in League history to receive the honor at multiple positions.

In an interesting twist of hyper-confidence or complete lack of awareness, Ovechkin also received enough votes to claim Second All-Star Team honors left wing. While most voters selected Ovechkin at right wing to make him a decisive winner at that position, the 27-year-old Moscow native received enough votes from other voters as a left wing -- the position he played for each of his seven prior NHL seasons and for a handful of games in 2012-13 -- to place second overall behind Pittsburgh's Chris Kunitz.

Ovechkin joins four-time First Team selection Mark Messier, who was named to the squad twice as a left wing (1980-81, 1981-82) and twice as a center (1989-90, 1991-92).

Ovechkin notched 32 goals in 48 games, including 23 in his final 23 contests, to become a three-time winner of the Hart Trophy as NHL MVP and the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy as the League's goal-scoring leader. He finished third in the League in points (56), leading the Capitals to an 11-1-1 record in April and their fifth Southeast Division title in the last six years.

Voting for the All-Star Team is conducted among representatives of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association at the end of the regular season.

2012-2013 NHL First All-Star Team

G   Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets   

D   P.K. Subban, Montreal Canadiens       

D   Ryan Suter, Minnesota Wild           

C   Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins         

RW  Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals     

LW  Chris Kunitz, Pittsburgh Penguins         

2012-2013 NHL Second All-Star Team

G   Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers  

D   Francois Beauchemin, Anaheim Ducks          

D   Kris Letang, Pittsburgh Penguins            

C   Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks          

RW  Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning       

LW  Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals