facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Suspended Ovechkin to skip All-Star Game

Jan. 24, 2012 at 2:21 PM   |   Comments

| License Photo
WASHINGTON, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Washington Capitals star forward Alex Ovechkin has pulled out of this weekend's NHL All-Star Game, the Capitals said Tuesday.

Ovechkin withdrew from the game, to be played Sunday in Ottawa, because he was recently suspended for three games by the NHL for a hit Sunday on Pittsburgh defenseman Zbynek Michalek.

"Because he's a suspended player, he doesn't feel like he deserves to be there, so he's not going to go and he doesn't want to be a distraction to the event," Capitals General Manager George McPhee said.

Game officials didn't call a penalty on the ice Sunday but NHL officials on Monday issued Ovechkin a three-game suspension.

"My heart is not there. I got suspended, so why [do] I have to go there?" Ovechkin told The Washington Post. "I love the game; it's a great event. I [would] love to be there but I'm suspended. I don't want to be a target. I feel I'm not deserving to be there right now. I got suspended, I have to be suspended, so that's why I give up my roster [spot]."

Ovechkin would be eligible to return to the lineup for a Feb. 4 game at Montreal. He has 20 goals, which leads the team, and 19 assists in 47 games this season.

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
Celebrity Couples of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Celebrity Couples of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
Red Sox sign Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo for 7-year deal
2
Dolphins cut TE Egnew
3
Yankees host White Sox trying to stay in playoff hunt
4
Wainwright squares off vs. Phils hoping for 16th victory
5
Fister, Nats eye 11th straight win in opener with Giants
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback