ARLINGTON, Va. – Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin has been selected to participate in the 2015 NHL All-Star Game, the NHL announced today. The game will be played at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, on Jan. 25.
This season marks Ovechkin’s franchise record sixth selection to the NHL All-Star Game (2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2014-15). The Moscow native has earned eight points (five goals, three assists) in four career All-Star Games (Ovechkin did not play in the 2011-12 game). This season, Ovechkin leads the NHL in shots (193), ranks tied for second in power-play goals (9), tied for fifth in goals (21) and game-winning goals (4) and fifth in the League in hits (140). Ovechkin has scored a goal in five consecutive games and has earned 15 points in his last 14 games.
Earlier this season, Ovechkin became the Capitals franchise points leader when he earned his 826th career point with an assist against the Calgary Flames on Nov. 4, 2014. Ovechkin recorded his 826th career point in his 691st career game, passing Peter Bondra, who collected 825 points in 961 career games for the Capitals.
Ovechkin has registered 850 points (443 goals, 407 assists) in 719 career games for Washington and ranks first in franchise history in points and power-play goals (160) and ranks second in goals and assists. Ovechkin led the NHL in goals (51) last season, becoming the 11th player in NHL history to record five 50-goal seasons and just the fifth to do so in his first nine campaigns, following Mike Bossy (9 in 9), Wayne Gretzky (8), Guy Lafleur (6) and Brett Hull (5).
The 6’3”, 235-pound left wing is a three-time winner of the Hart Trophy and a four-time winner of the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy. Since Ovechkin entered the NHL in 2005-06, he leads the League in goals (443), points (850), power-play goals (160), power-play points (335) and game-winning goals (73). In addition, he is the only player in the NHL to score 30 or more goals in each season since 2005-06.