The NHL released the end-of-year all star teams Wednesday and because of a voting error, Alex Ovechkin managed to make the first and second team at two different positions.
Ovechkin was named first-team right wing and second-team left wing. It’s an embarrassing gaffe by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association, which votes on various league awards and the end-of-year all star teams. I’m a member of the PHWA but don’t vote on awards because of Washington Post policies.
As anyone who follows the Capitals even remotely knows, Ovechkin made a high-profile and well documented switch to right wing this season at the suggestion of Coach Adam Oates after playing the first seven years of his NHL career on the left side. Ovechkin played only four games at left wing during the lockout-shortened season.
When ballots were sent out this year, the PHWA sent out an email to voters regarding position changes and telling them to list Ovechkin as right wing if they included him. Apparently not enough voters took note of the change as 45 of them still listed Ovechkin as a left wing.