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