The only one more shocked than the internet about his selection on the 2017 NHL all-star roster is Chicago Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews.
Each club in the NHL needs to be represented by at least one player, with the league ultimately deciding which players should be selected from each team. A total of 40 players were selected to go to Los Angeles on Jan. 29.
In this year's edition, the Chicago Blackhawks will be represented by four players.
Toews' selection for this year's team quickly caused an uproar among hockey fans.
According to online conversation, an obvious selection instead of Toews is teammate Artemi Panarin, who has the most points (41) among players who weren't selected for the game. He is currently tied for sixth in points among NHL leaders.
Jonathan Toews making the All-Star roster ahead of Artemi Panarin is the funniest thing I've seen so far this year.— @aj_ranger
Jonathan Toews (18pts/33 games) representing Central Div/Blackhawks at the All-Star game. Artemi Panarin (41pts/42 games) is not. Brutal.— @BulgeBathBeyond
How the hell did Jonathan Toes make the all star game over Artemi Panarin? It doesn't matter in the end but Panarin surely deserved it more— @pointsphobic
Although the Canadian-born forward admitted there were "more deserving" players than him, hockey fans have continued to speak their minds — and not in Toews' favour.
However, there are some that have remained loyal ...
Can you stop making my favorite player and all around amazing person Jonathan Toews feel bad for making the All Star list!???? Thanks!— @whytimmy_
how can you talk about Jonathan Toews like....... I'm in shock— @kanestoews
... and raise a fair point.
@jonnytazer id give away my firsborn to have jonathan toews on my team. not cause of his skill, but the qualities he brings to the team— @toewsonice
Toews isn't the only player who wasn't expecting a spot on the all-star roster. Arizona Coyotes' Mike Smith is one of two Pacific Division goaltenders picked for the L.A. festivities, joining San Jose Sharks' Martin Jones.
When Coyotes general manager John Chayka left Smith a voicemail to inform of his selection, Smith's initial reaction was that he was being traded. After calling Chayka back, Smith was relieved to know that he was in fact not being traded.
Mike Smith: "I'm honored to represent the Coyotes at the All-Star Game... It's something I'll probably cherish for a long time." pic.twitter.com/nGgTcGdMDp— @ArizonaCoyotes
Auston Matthews, on the other hand, is just taking it all in.
Auston Matthews: "It's a huge honour to be named to this with some of the best players in the league."— @mirtle
Auston Matthews says he's looking forward to meeting players he grew up watching, like Patrick Kane. Who is 28.— @mirtle