Brett Hull critical of Capitals’ Ovechkin for skipping All-Star Game

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The Golden Brett wasn’t upset when he saw the headlines, he just wishes Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals — perhaps the best player in the game today — would participate in this year’s NHL All-Star Game.

“I think the league could probably do something so it can’t happen, but it is what it is,” Brett Hull said. “You know, he just won the Stanley Cup. He had a (short) summer and I understand that, but I still like all the superstars to come out and pay their respects to the fans.”

Hull, the former Blues great who was an eight-time All-Star during his Hall of Fame career, was in attendance at Thursday’s Blues game against Washington at Enterprise Center.

Ovechkin, who scored Washington’s first goal in a 5-2 loss to the Blues, informed the NHL that he will not participate in this year’s game, saying he needs extra rest. The decision comes at a cost: per league policy he will be required to miss one regular-season game for skipping the All-Star Game, scheduled for Jan. 26 in San Jose.

#hockey, #professional

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