Alex Ovechkin named in both All Star teams
The Washington Capitals player has been rewarded for turnaround in form after being named in both teams
The All Star teams for the 2012-13 season were announced last Wednesday, with Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin being voted for both teams as the most notable selection.
Ovechkin was the leader for League goals last season on the way to winning his third Hart Trophy as the league’s most valuable player, and he has become only the second player in League history to be named a First Team All-Star in multiple positions.
That has come after he was switched the right wing to the left wing by his coach Adam Oates, a decision the player was at first not happy with.
But after taking time to adjust to the change, a run of 23 goals in his final 23 games saw a transformation in his fortunes, leading to him getting the nod in the First Team for the sixth time.
Joining the Russian is Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby and left wing Chris Kunitz, as well as defensemen P.K. Subban of the Montreal Canadiens and Ryan Suter of the Minnesota Wild, with Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky completing the team.
Jonathan Toews has been named as center for the second All-Star team, after captaining the Chicago Blackhawks to victory in the Stanley Cup last season.
The rest of the second team is made up by New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, defensemen Francois Beauchemin and Kris Lateng of the Anaheim Ducks and Penguins respectively, with the other places going to Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning on the right wing and Ovechkin.
Places on both teams are voted for by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association in a poll taken at the end of the season, though there will not be a contest between both teams this year, due to the lockout in January, and it has been put back to 2015 due to the Winter Olympics in Moscow next year.
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