WASHINGTON — The NHL announced participants for the 2017 All-Star Game Tuesday and — no surprise — Alex Ovechkin and Braden Holtby will represent the Capitals.
This marks Ovechkin’s franchise-record eighth All-Star selection and Holtby’s second (his first coming last season). Holtby and Olie Kolzig are the only goaltenders in Caps history to be selected twice.
Ovechkin has registered 33 points (19 goals, 14 assists) in 40 games this season and had a prolific night of milestones in Monday’s 4-1 win in Montreal. With three points on one goal and two assists, Ovechkin tied Montreal legend Maurice ‘Rocket’ Richard for 30th all-time in career goals (544).
He also registered his 999th career points — good for 84th all-time — three points ahead of Henrik Sedin and only five points behind Brian Propp, who’s 83rd on the list.
Holtby is second in goals-against average (1.90) in 2016-17, tied for third in save percentage (.931), seventh in wins (18) and leads the league in shutouts (5).
Also: Caps athletic trainer Greg Smith will perform that role for the Eastern Conference.