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After winning gold in Buffalo and putting up one of the best years ever recorded as a 18-year-old in Russia, Evgeny Kuznetsov continued his memorable year, proposing to his girlfriend of five months, Nastia, in early March.
Well, turns out that wedding is still totally on and will happen tomorrow at a modest church in Chelyabinsk Traktor arena, just a few days after news broke that Kuznetsov renegotiated his deal with Traktor and will stay in Russia for the 2011-12 season.
For those of you who were hoping to shower the young couple with cupcakes and wedding presents at Development Camp, Caps PR man Sergey Kocharov told The Washington Times that Kuznetsov will not be participating this year.
Below, via kp.ru, Kuznetsov talks about the wedding, his recent shoulder surgery and his new contract. RMNB’s Fedor Fedin has your translation.
Right after his return from a triumphant WJC for team Russia, Traktor’s top scorer, Evgeny Kuznetsov, told a correspondent of KP.ru that he was planning to marry his fiancee Nastia. The sportsman even revealed the date: June 3rd. At that point, however, he hadn’t decided where to have the wedding or have his honeymoon.
The date hasn’t changed since then, while he chose an original place — the Bears’ home rink — Traktor Ice Arena to have the wedding. Management of the arena offers Chelyabinsk inhabitants a new feature: registration and celebrations right in the hockey mecca of Chelyabinsk. The 19-year-old Traktor forward Evgeny Kuznetsov will become a pioneer in that.
“To be honest, I don’t want to make a big show of my wedding. It’s a very personal thing,” Kuznetsov said. “All who were invited know the place and time. It’s very nerve-racking and a big hullabaloo isn’t going to make it any better.”
Evgeny also said that his rehab after having shoulder surgery in Germany has been more than successful and he feels great. Also, on May 31st Evgeny signed a new deal with Traktor. Despite the fact his last contract hasn’t expired yet, the club’s management decided to accomodate him and revise its terms to better ones. His new deal expires at the end of the next season.
As we already reported, Evgeny Kuznetsov was given the keys for an apartment from the Chelaybinsk Regional governor after the recent WJC win. So, there’re no housing problems for the newlyweds.
Additional Reporting by Ian Oland.