Alex Ovechkin Pulls Out of NHL All-Star Game, Says His ‘Heart Is Not There’ After Being Suspended

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Scratch one hockey superstar from the midseason gala.

Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin told The Washington Post Tuesday that he is pulling out of the 2012 NHL All-Star Game in Ottawa.

The Caps’ captain decided to skip out after being suspended for three games for a hit on Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Zybnek Michalek.

“My heart is not there. I suspended, so why I have to go there?” Ovechkin said. “I love the game; it’s great event. I’d love to be there, but I’m suspended. I don’t want to be a target. I feel I’m not deserving to be there right now. If I suspended, I have to be suspended. That’s why I give up my roster [spot].”

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