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Batherson selected to first NHL All Star game

by Matt Tidcombe @matttidcombe

Ottawa Senators forward Drake Batherson has been named to the 2022 NHL All Star game. 

Batherson will head to his first NHL All Star game after a dominant start to the 2021-22 season where he has 28 points (nine goals) in 24 games.

"I never thought coming into the season I'd be able to go to the All Star game so I wasn't really thinking about it but now it is a huge honour to represent Ottawa at the game," Batherson said. 

Earlier this season, Batherson scored his first career NHL hat-trick on Oct. 25 and later that week was named the NHL's Second Star of the Week (Nov. 1). The 23-year-old is a former two-time AHL All Star (2019, 2020). 

"It was pretty cool to hear that I'll be going to the game," Batherson said. "My family are super happy for me and I can't thank the coaching staff and the players here for putting me in that position to be able to go to a game like that." 

Furthermore, Brady Tkachuk has been named as the Sens' Last Man In candidate. Tkachuk was named to the 2020 NHL All Star game.

"Drake deserves all of the credit he gets," Tkachuk said. "He's an unbelievable player, a great guy and we're definitely lucky to have him on our team. It will be a great experience for him."

Voting for the Last Man In is underway and concludes Jan. 17. To vote, click here.

"It would be unbelievable [to go with Brady]," Batherson said. "He's been to one before so if he gets selected to go to another one it'd be great. To have him by my side and go through that together would be really fun. I'm pulling for him."

The 2022 NHL All Star game takes place Feb. 6 at the T-Mobile Arena in Vegas.

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