(Reuters) - Russia’s Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals earned his sixth selection to the National Hockey League All-Star first team when voting was announced on Wednesday.
Ovechkin switched to right wing this season, having been picked as a left wing 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 as a left wing (1980-81, 1981-82) and twice as a center (1989-90, 1991-92).
Ovechkin, who won his third Hart Trophy as the league’s most valuable player, was surprisingly also named as a second-team All-Star on Wednesday, in the left-wing role.
Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby was named as the first-team All-Star center for a second time after winning the Ted Lindsay Award for most valuable player, as voted on by his peers.
NHL All-Star first team: 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 in a poll taken at the end of the regular season.
Reporting by Simon Evans in Miami; Editing by Mark Lamport-Stokes