Alex Kovalev, Joe Thornton named captains for NHL all-star game

MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens winger Alex Kovalev and San Jose Sharks centre Joe Thornton were named captains for the all-star game, the NHL announced Thursday.

Kovalev, who has 12 goals and 21 assists, will captain the Eastern Conference when he makes his third career all-star appearance Sunday.

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Thornton, tied for second in the league with 43 assists, captains the Western Conference when he plays in his sixth straight all-star game.