Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh was named to the 2016 NHL All-Star Game on Wednesday. It marks the first time in his career that McDonagh has been selected as an All Star.
"It's a huge honor and I'm real excited to represent the Metropolitan Division and the New York Rangers organization," McDonagh told BlueshirtsUnited.com following practice Wednesday. "I think if you ask any player, it's a great accomplishment, a great honor to be fortunate enough to be part of one in your career. It's something you want to try and soak in, and that's what I am going to try and do."
Through 40 games this season, McDonagh has five goals and 12 assists for 17 points, and ranks second on the team with a +10 plus/minus rating. McDonagh is tied among the club's defensemen in goals scored so far this season and is second to Keith Yandle in points among the blueliners.
Defense - NYR
Goals: 5 | Assists: 12 | Pts: 17
"I'm very excited, but it could have been a handful of guys in this room to represent the Rangers," added the 26 year-old McDonagh who also was a 2014 U.S. Olympian.
McDonagh is the first Rangers captain to represent the make an All-Star team since Mark Messier in 2004.
The 2016 NHL All Star Weekend will take place from January 29-31 in Nashville at Bridgestone Arena.