Dylan Larkin wishes he had said things differently.
With fan voting on the 2020 NHL All-Star Game closed, Larkin addressed comments he made that caused a stir in social media and hockey circles. In retrospect, Larkin would have said things differently than he did on Dec. 31, when he asked fans not to vote him to the Jan. 24-26 event in St. Louis because“I like the days off more.” The event conjoins with the winter break, giving players a week off.
“In the moment, I said what I said but I really do regret that,” Larkin said Saturday. “I didn’t mean to disrespect the league. I feel I did that, and disrespected the Red Wings. My main goal as a hockey player in the state of Michigan is to represent myself and the Red Wings and be a good example for kids growing up playing the game. I felt I wasn’t that, so I’m sorry about that.”
Voting for the “Last Man In,” in which fans could vote to have one player from each division added to the ASG rosters, closed Friday. Forward Mitchell Marner of the Toronto Maple Leafs was the top vote-getter to represent the Atlantic Division.
Each team has at least one representative, and NHL officials chose Tyler Bertuzzi. At the time, he led the Wings with 30 points in 40 games, and since then has reached 34 points in 45 games.