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An Ovie so nice, they named him twice

TORONTO -- Alex Ovechkin made NHL history, but not because of his accomplishments in his MVP season.

The Washington Capitals star was voted an NHL all-star first-team right wing, and because of a voting error also was named to the second team at left wing.

Ovechkin's position-switch was one of the top stories of the lockout-shortened season, as he played 44 of 48 games as a right-winger.

Once Ovechkin adjusted to right wing, he finished the season with 23 goals in 23 games and won the Hart Trophy. General manager George McPhee said Ovechkin's third MVP was more special because of the work it took to achieve it.

Members of The Professional Hockey Writers' Association cast votes on the NHL all-star teams. Ovechkin was the runaway winner at right wing, finishing ahead of the Tampa Bay Lightning's Marty St. Louis. But Ovechkin still received 45 votes at left wing, including 41 first-place votes.

"We are troubled by the all-star voting results, and plan to take a closer look at the events that led to Ovechkin winning all-star acclaim at two positions," PHWA president and USA Today hockey reporter Kevin Allen said in a statement. "We know we got this wrong, and our objective is to make sure it never happens again."

Ovechkin was joined as a first-team all-star by Pittsburgh Penguins left-winger Chris Kunitz and centre Sidney Crosby, defencemen P.K. Subban of the Montreal Canadiens and Ryan Suter of the Minnesota Wild and Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky.

Ovechkin was joined as a second-team all-star by St. Louis, Chicago Blackhawks centre Jonathan Toews, defencemen Kris Letang of the Penguins and Francois Beauchemin of the Anaheim Ducks and New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.

 

Kings' Stoll in hospital

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Kings centre Jarret Stoll was hospitalized Wednesday after suffering a seizure.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Stoll fell ill at his Hermosa Beach home.

Kings general manager Dean Lombardi told the Times that he visited Stoll in the hospital and the "bottom line is that he's fine. Now the issue is what caused it."

 

Chicago ready for Leddy

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks have re-signed defenceman Nick Leddy to a two-year deal.

The team announced the contract on Wednesday. Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman says he believes Leddy will be essential to the team's long-term success.

Leddy played in every game this season for Chicago, helping the Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup. He had six goals and 12 assists in the regular season, and then had two assists in 23 playoff games.

Leddy was selected by Minnesota in the first round of the 2009 draft. He was traded to Chicago in February 2010.

The 22-year-old Leddy, who was set to become a restricted free agent, has 13 goals and 49 assists in 176 regular-season games over three seasons.

 

-- from the news services

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 4, 2013 D4

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