Alexander the Great skates into history

Updated: 2013-07-05 07:23

By Reuters in Miami (China Daily)

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Russia's Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals earned his sixth selection to the National Hockey League's first All-Star team when voting was announced Wednesday.

Alexander the Great skates into history

In an historic twist, Ovechkin, who won his third Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player, was also named the second-team All-Star at left wing.

Ovechkin switched to right wing this season, having been picked as a left winger in his previous five selections, and becomes only the second player to make the team at multiple positions.

Hall of Famer Mark Messier was a first team All-Star at left wing (1980-81, 1981-82) and twice at center (1989-90, 1991-92).

Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby was named as the first-team center for a second time after winning the Ted Lindsay Award for most valuable player, as voted on by his peers.

First All-Star selections: goaltender: Sergei Bobrovsky (Columbus Blue Jackets); defensemen: P.K. Subban (Montreal Canadiens) and Ryan Suter (Minnesota Wild); right wing: Alex Ovechkin (Washington Capitals); center: Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins); left wing: Chris Kunitz (Pittsburgh Penguins).

Voting for the teams is done by members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association.

(China Daily 07/05/2013 page23)