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Fleury And Neal On Receiving The Nod To Represent The Vegas Golden Knights At The 2018 NHL All Star Game
Las Vegas–As the Vegas Golden Knights players and the organization continue with their mandatory bye week goaltender Marc-André Fleury and forward James Neal took the time out of their to share their thoughts of representing the franchise in Tampa Bay this year at the NHL All Star game.
This season with the Golden Knights, netminder Fleury has played in 12 games and recorded a 9-2-1 record along with a 1.73 GAA and .945 save percentage so being picked was a bit of a surprise for him.
“I didn’t expect this because I haven’t played too many games this year,” said Fleury.
For Fleury, this is the third time in his NHL career to be getting the opportunity to play in an All Star Game. The two previous times he suited up in the NHL All Star Game/Skills Competition he was a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
“I’m excited because it’s always a nice honor to be a part of. I just feel like there’s so many great players around the league and they only pick a few. It’s an honor to be a part of those guys. It’s part of the excitement of the All-Star game.” Says Fleury.
The now 3-time All Star was very complimentary to his fellow teammates about receiving the nod to go to Tampa Bay and represent the newest franchise in the league.
“I’m fortunate. This wouldn’t be happening without the help of all of my teammates. They’ve helped me look good throughout the season. I thank them for that. There could have been a lot of guys from this team that got to go, don’t you think? We’ve got so many guys stepping up throughout the season. Marchy (Jonathan Marchessault) has 40 points right now.” Mentioned Fleury.
Currently the team leader in goals this season with the Golden Knights is William Karlsson who has been very important to where the team is today in the standings at the break. His goaltending partner Malcolm Subban has been solid in net with Vegas at 11 wins and 2 losses.
Fleury echoed the importance of the contributions by both Karlsson and Subban.
“That’s awesome. William Karlsson has scored so many important goals for our team. Malcolm Subban has been playing great in net, too. I wish the other guys could do this too and be a part of it. Too bad there’s only a few of us going. We get to go because of all of the work that they’ve done this season.” Fleury on his teammates.
Like Fleury, this is Neal’s third opportunity in his NHL career to play in the All Star Game. He played in the 2016 All Star Game with the Predators in Nashville and back in the 2011-12 season as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins where it was Team Staal vs Team Lidstrom in Carolina.
“It’s very exciting to be named to the All-Star team. I’m looking forward to representing our team in Tampa and share the All-Star experience with Marc-Andre and Coach Gallant. Having three representatives from the Golden Knights is a great honor, there are a bunch of guys on our team who are having All-Star caliber seasons. Thanks to my teammates and coaches for their great play this season and Golden Knights fans for their unbelievable support.” Neal said on getting chosen to play in the 2018 NHL All Star Game in Tampa.
The 2018 Honda NHL All-Star Game at Amalie Arena on Jan. 28. (3:30 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, SN, TVA Sports).