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Leafs’ Morgan Rielly left out in NHL all-star vote

Leafs’ Morgan Rielly left out in NHL all-star vote
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The high-scoring Leafs defenceman lost out to Buffalo sniper Jeff Skinner in online voting for the so-called “last man in” — despite the considerable weight of hockey’s largest fan base and a video appeal by his teammates.

Leaf Morgan Rielly will likely spend the all-star break at home in Vancouver after losing out in the last-chance voting.  (Eliot J. Schechter / GETTY IMAGES file photo)

Rielly said he’d kept his calendar open, but may now go home to Vancouver for what will amount to a week-long break. He added that was unaware of the campaign by his teammates: “If I was (aware), it wouldn’t have got out.”

John Tavares and Auston Matthews will represent the Leafs at the all-star weekend in San Jose, Jan. 25 and 26.

The last additions were Skinner for the Atlantic Division, Colorado Avalanche left winger Gabriel Landeskog (Central), Pittsburgh Penguins defenceman Kris Letang (Metropolitan) and Edmonton Oilers centre Leon Draisaitl (Pacific) — after 11.5 million votes were cast.
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