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While the rest of the Flyers are enjoying the bye week and traveling to exotic locations, Travis Konecny will have to catch a flight to St. Louis for the weekend of Jan. 24.
It will be a business trip as he represents the Metropolitan Division. The forward was named an All-Star for the first time in his career Monday. Konecny, 22, leads the Flyers with 34 points.
“I didn't expect it, especially with some of the names that we have on our team, I didn't expect them to pick me,” Konecny said via the team’s website. “It's something that you don't really think about until it happens. When you make the NHL, that's one of the first steps and you want to be successful and win the Stanley Cup with your team, but you never really think of making the All-Star Game. Now that it's come up, it's pretty amazing and I have a lot of people to thank for it.”
He may not be alone. Claude Giroux was on the list for the “Last Men In” vote where fans can cast ballots between Jan. 1-10. The All-Star Game, as has been the case for a few years now, isn’t just one game anymore. It’s a 3-on-3 tournament where each division has six forwards, three defensemen and two goalies.
Konecny will be joined by several other first timers in the division. Pittsburgh’s Jake Guentzel, New York’s Artemi Panarin, Carolina’s Dougie Hamilton and Columbus’ Joonas Korpisalo are other first-time All-Stars. The league likely wanted to spread the accolades considering Alex Ovechkin, a 12-time All-Star, declined attending the event.
“I’ve been on a few in minor hockey and the OHL and stuff,” Konecny said, “but when you’re with some of the biggest names in hockey to ever play the game it’s something pretty special.”