Who needs a chruch when you can get married in your home arena which seats 7,500 people?

Photo credit: Traktor’s official website

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.

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  • Pat

    Why do i get the feeling we AREN’T gonna see him on the caps………. like at all?

  • Dark Stranger

    I figure he might have shown up for Development Camp this year if the surgery hadn’t occurred. But we’ll see if we get him ever.

  • Ian

    Just FYI, earlier in the year Evgeny kept dropping hints that he was going to play for the Capitals in 2011-12. Then Alex Semin re-signed with the team for another year and Kuzya never once uttered those desires again. I think he just wants an opportunity to play big minutes. If he can’t get it with the Capitals, he’ll stay in his hometown, get plenty of ice time, and be adored. It’s really a win win for him. I think we’ll definitely see him the year after next. So no worries!

  • @jacobware95

    Here is the deal I think. He was already under contract for next year yet he resigned for a NEW one year deal. This tells me that he went to the Traktor board and said “I’m going to play for Washington next year.” Desperate to get him back, they obviously offered him a one-year deal worth a lot of money. That’s the key though… I think it’s only a one yearer because they know there’ll be no stopping him coming. When he was drafted, the announcers said “he is ready to do anything to come to the NHL,” and even though he said things that really worried me like “maybe in a year or two I might now want to come to the NHL at all,” I think this kid is serious about his future. I think his wedding shows that he’s ready to move on to the next step in his life, he’s ready to become an adult. He wants to become more mature.

    I am so excited for this guy to be a Capital.

  • FedFed

    sigh on wedding? lol

  • Dark Stranger

    Now the report is that Ovechkin was flown in for Kuznetsov’s wedding. Story on the Chelyabinsk.ru site and clicking on the appropriate link there. (Of course, our non-Russian readers will need to use Google translate.)