Avalanche’s Nazem Kadri feels the “respect” of being named an NHL All-Star

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Avalanche center Nazem Kadri is particularly proud of being named to his first NHL All-Star Game because he got in from the “last man in” fan vote on Tuesday, after the Central Division’s first 10 players were named last week by league officials.

“This is why you play — to get some respect,” Kadri told The Post after a morning skate Wednesday at Honda Center.

Kadri enters Wednesday night’s game against the Ducks as the Avs’ leading scorer. He ranks fifth in the NHL with 49 points (14 goals) in 33 games. He’s also fifth in points-per-game (148). The 31-year-old is just 12 points shy of his matching his career-high of 61 from 2016-17 with Toronto.

“It’s exciting, obviously,” Kadri said of making the All-Star game. “I’ve put in a lot of hard work this year. It could have been any of these guys on the team. It’s an honor and a privilege. I can’t wait to represent myself and our team.”

Kadri will be the third Avs player and fourth All-Star representative of the team. Center Nathan MacKinnon is the Central Division’s captain and defenseman Cale Makar was also named by the league. Colorado coach Jared Bednar will run the bench in the 3-on-3 tournament at T-Mobile Arena.

“I don’ think you see that too often,” Kadri said of four representatives from one team in the 3-on-3 format. “It’s certainly special, something you’re going to remember.…

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