By Harry Allison
Flyers forward Travis Konecny has been named to the 2020 NHL All-Star Game.
In his fourth year in the NHL, all with the Flyers, this is Konecny’s first time being named to the mid-season All-Star Team.
“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,” said Konecny. “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.”
Konecny leads the Flyers in overall scoring with 34 points (11g-23a) in 36 games and is on pace to break his career-high set last season when he posted 49 points (24g-25a) and appeared in all 82 games. He also leads the team in assists (23) and is two helpers shy of matching his career-high of 25 set last season.
He began the season with a three-point game by posting two goals and an assist to lead the Flyers to a 4-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2019 NHL Global Series in Prague, Czech Republic. He followed that up by recording points in nine of his first 10 games and he has recorded at least a point in 24 of 36 games so far this season.
Selected 24th overall in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, the Flyers traded up five spots in the draft in order to select Konecny. He ranks in the Top 10 of every offensive category among all players in that draft class – eighth in both goals (70) and points (158), tied for 8th in games played (269) and ninth in assists (88).
The 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend takes place in St. Louis on Jan. 24-25 and will consist of a three-game tournament, played in a 3-on-3 format, featuring four teams – one for each NHL division. Each team will be made up of 11 players from the respective division: six forwards, three defensemen and two goaltenders.