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NHL All-Star Game 2012 Rosters: Alex Ovechkin Discusses Being Selected

Washington Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin earned the fifth All-Star selection of his career Thursday, the NHL announced. He addressed the media to discuss the honor, and SB Nation partner CSN Washington has video:

"I'm crazy about Canada," the seven-year veteran said, referring to Ottawa, which will host the game. "Everyone's gonna be excited to go over there. It's gonna be really nice."

Ovechkin added that he's "kind-of retired" from the Skills Competition, which he won in 2009 after donning sunglasses a Canadian-flag adorned hat. He said it's "for young guys."

Ovechkin is one of two players representing the Capitals at the All-Star Game, joining defenseman Dennis Wideman. The two have combined for 28 goals and 36 assists during the 2011/12 season. Nicklas Backstrom, who leads the second-place Capitals with 29 assists and 42 points, did not earn All-Star honors.

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