Ryan McDonagh is about to get his game on, go, play.
The Rangers Captain was named to his second consecutive NHL All-Star Game, and he will represent the Rangers during the festivities on January 29. The 62nd edition of the game will be held at Staples Center in Los Angeles, home of the Kings.
McDonagh will also compete in the Coors Light NHL All-Star Skills competition, which will be held the night before.
Partaking in his seventh season of NHL hockey, all with the Rangers, McDonagh took over team captaincy in 2014. He currently has 2 goals and 23 assists, the latter number leading the Rangers. Those 23 are also good for 10th overall in the league, and 7th among defensemen. 8 of those assists came on the power play, which also leads the team.
McDonagh also partook in last season All-Star Game, repping the Rangers with the Metropolitan Division All-Stars, the first year the league turned to a new format in which teams were repped by division in a three game tournament. In the 3-on-3 game, McDonagh and the Metro All-Stars fell 4-3 to Team Atlantic. McDonagh had two shots on goal in just over six minutes of ice time.
Joining McDonagh in the Metro defensive corps will be Carolina’s Justin Faulk and Columbus’s Seth Jones.
McDonagh is also the first Ranger to be named to back-to-back All-Star Games since 2011-12, when his teammate Henrik Lundqvist accomplished the feat.