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Victor Hedman named 2020 NHL All-Star

This is the third All-Star selection of Hedman's career

by Bryan Burns @BBurnsNHL / TampaBayLightning.com

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman was selected Monday to represent the Bolts at the 2020 NHL All-Star Game.

Hedman is an All-Star for the third time in his career. He's been picked for the League's showcase in three of the last four seasons. He earned his first All-Star selection in 2016-17 and was chosen again in 2017-18 but wasn't able to participate due to injury.

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Hedman was an obvious choice this season. He ranks third among NHL defensemen for scoring with 37 points on nine goals and 28 assists. And he paces all League blueliners for power-play scoring with 19 power-play points.

Hedman is the fifth Lightning player all-time to earn three or more All-Star Game selections and the only defenseman, joining Steven Stamkos (6), Martin St. Louis (6), Vincent Lecavalier (4) and Nikita Kucherov (3).

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The Lightning will have significantly less representation at the All-Star Game this year after sending three players - Kucherov, Stamkos and Andrei Vasilevskiy - to the showcase last year and five players - Kucherov, Stamkos, Vasilevskiy, Hedman and Brayden Point - the prior season when Tampa hosted All-Star Weekend.

The 2020 NHL All-Star Weekend will be held at Enterprise Center in St. Louis from January 24-26. The All-Star Skills Competition will take place January 24 with the All-Star Game a day later on January 25.

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