Penguins' Sidney Crosby absent from roster for 2016 NHL All-Star Game


The 2016 NHL All-Star roster has been revealed, and Sidney Crosby isn't among the honorees.

To the surprise of many, the Pittsburgh Penguins star didn't make the cut amid a disappointing season. Despite a recent turnaround, Crosby has played arguably the worst season of his 11-year NHL career, recording only 12 goals and 19 assists in 38 games.

He will, however, have the opportunity to cheer on teammates Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang.

Also absent from the roster was Winnipeg Jets forward Blake Wheeler, the league's seventh-leading scorer with 40 points in 40 games, and Dallas Stars defenceman John Klingberg, the league's second-leading d-man scorer with six goals and 32 assists in 42 games.

The NHL on Wednesday announced the full list of players and coaches selected to participate in the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star celebration, which is scheduled to take place January 30 and 31 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

In total, 40 players were selected by the NHL, with Florida Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr, Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane, Washington Captials forward Alex Ovechkin and Coyotes forward John Scott chosen as fan-elected captains in the 2016 NHL All-Star Fan Vote. 

Florida, Washington and Nashville Predators lead the league for most representatives with three players from each team.

Additionally, the four coaches selected to lead the teams include Gerard Gallant of the Panthers, Lindy Ruff of the Stars, Darryl Sutter of the Los Angeles Kings and Barry Trotz of the Capitals.