The allure of extended time off was too tempting for Marc-Andre Fleury of the Vegas Golden Knights. The goaltender has opted to forgo his invitation to the 2020 NHL All-Star Game in order to prepare for the second half of the season.
Fleury joins Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals as players who’ve elected to skip the 2020 NHL All-Star Game.
Jacob Markstrom has been added to the Pacific Division roster to fill the void. Markstrom has played in 28 games this season, posting a record of 14-11-3, with a shutout and a .917 save-percentage.
— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) January 4, 2020
Markstrom will become the sixth goaltender to represent the Canucks during All-Star Weekend and first goalie since Roberto Luongo was selected in 2009. He will join teammate Elias Pettersson.
Fleury will be suspended one game due to his decision. The Golden Knights play the Boston Bruins to close out their schedule prior to the break and square off with the Carolina Hurricanes on the final day of January in their first game back. It is likely Fleury will miss the game against the Hurricanes because the team travels to Nashville to play the Predators the following day.
While being named to the NHL All-Star Game is a tremendous honor, the Golden Knights and Marc-Andre Fleury have decided that Marc-Andre will pass on the invitation this year.
— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) January 4, 2020