The captain of the Washington Capitals, Alexander Ovechkin, received a positive test result for coronavirus and was subject to NHL restrictions (the so-called COVID protocol. - RBC). It is reported by The Athletic.
The Russian will miss at least one game of the regular season of the National Hockey League (home game against the Edmonton Oilers), and also will not be able to take part in the NHL's "star" weekend.
Ovechkin was chosen as the division captain for the NHL All-Star Hockey Game The event will take place on Saturday, February 5, in Las Vegas (for the first time in the history of the city. - RBC) at the T-Mobile Arena. The All-Star Game will be held in the format of a mini-tournament, each team will have three field players and a goalkeeper on the ice. At the semi-final stage, the teams of the stars of the Central and Pacific divisions, as well as the Capital and Atlantic divisions will meet with each other. The winners of these matches will meet in the final to determine the winner of the tournament. The duration of each match is 20 minutes. In case of a draw, the winner will be determined in a shootout. The team that wins the final will receive $1 million.
Ovechkin was chosen as the captain of the Capital Division. Who will replace him has yet to be announced. Several other Russians will also take part in the “match of stars”:
goaltender Andrei Vasilevsky of the Tampa Bay Lightning (Atlantic Division);
forward Evgeny Kuznetsov from Washington (Capital);
forward Kirill Kaprizov of the Minnesota Wild (Central).
The full list of participants of the "star" weekend is published here.