Alex Ovechkin was recently named captain of the Metropolitan Division All-Star Game (Jan. 26th), however he has informed the NHL that he will skip the events to rest.

“My body needs a rest,” he said after practice on Wednesday.

Skipping the game will cost the NHL’s leading scorer (29 goals) a one game penalty. He will have to sit on the front or backend of the contest.

Alex, selected as a captain, will break his streak of 7 straight appearances. The NHL Hockey Operations Department will fill his roster spot.