All photos via the KHL’s Facebook Fan Page.

On Saturday, the KHL will host their 3rd annual All-Star Game in Riga, Latvia. Former Washington Capital Sergei Fedorov will be captaining one team at the game — a team that includes Caps prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov, who has 16G and 15A as of the All-Star break, leading Traktor Chelyabinsk in scoring. Kuznetsov was nominated as a starter for the game by a landslide fan vote, finishing second overall in all voting.

Ahead of the KHL’s All-Star Game, Fedorov spoke to Sport Express’ Dmitry Kuznetsov about Kuznetsov. Below the jump, Igor Kleyner offers a translation of the interview, where former Cap Fedorov talks Kuznetsov’s scoring, overwhelming fan popularity, and offers some perspective on the choice that’s coming up for Kuznetsov — whether to continue to play in the KHL, or make the jump to the NHL.

The 42-year-old future Hall of Famer also participated in a highly silly photoshoot to promote the All-Star Game, along with the other team captain and former NHLer Sandis Ozolins, which we’ve preserved here in a post for historical purposes. Please enjoy.

Dmitry Kuznetsov: I must ask you about the young Traktor’s talent Evgeny Kuznetsov. He got the highest total number of fan votes for ASG Team Fedorov. How do you like his game?

Sergei Fedorov: I like it. He skates very well, he has awesome hands. WJC in Canada demonstrated that he really improved his game over the last year. Great job. I am very happy for him, he has been playing a terrific hockey over the last few months.

Dmitry Kuznetsov: Should he depart for Washington, where you finished your NHL career, in summer?

Sergei Fedorov: He has his professional people who are going to help him make the right choice. But he definitely should not rush. At such age one has to be on the ice as much as possible, and he has this opportunity at Traktor. He became the team leader in a very short time. They have a good team in Chelyabinsk. So, as they say, better is the enemy of good.

Dmitry Kuznetsov:But you left for the NHL when you were twenty years old…

Sergei Fedorov: I was not rushing, it was a different situation. It was a serious step for me. Not only I wanted to play hockey in front of twenty thousand crazy fans, but also to have a normal life outside hockey. When I played with CSKA, we spend a lot of time with the team – if not all of the time. Eleven months a year. So my move was a logical one, even though I was very young.

Dmitry Kuznetsov: Were you 100% ready for the NHL?

Sergei Fedorov: Four preseasons with CSKA turn you into a powerful machine. Physically I was ready for the NHL. The rest I picked up on the fly. But now the Russians in the NHL are no longer exotic. These days, when you arrive there, you must stand out among your competitors if you want to become a star. Only then a coach will start making any plans based on you. I was a center, in the NHL now the managers tend to build their teams around centers, because it’s a playmaking position. Zhenya Kuznetsov is a winger, so there are some nuances.

Dmitry Kuznetsov: Who does he remind you?

Sergei Fedorov: I have been asked this question before, but I don’t know who he compares with.

Dmitry Kuznetsov: Is he similar to Mogilny?

Sergei Fedorov: No. Sashka was more powerful. He was stronger physically. And his skating manner was a bit different. Zhenya has a different style. He is very smooth, you can even say elegant.

KHL All-Star Game Promotional Photos

Feds is so glad he renewed his membership at the hockey-golf club.

Ladies.

Ah! But the nine iron is a foolish choice for this kind of ice surface. Everyone knows you should use a putter to go top shelf. 

Why yes, he is the captain of the All-Star Game! How did you know? 

Real hockey players are always ready to play, even when waiting at the dentist’s office. 

Speaking of the dentist’s office. 

Obligatory rookie photo pose. 

They never make it through a whole game without someone losing his temper and cross-checking the chessboard. 

Oh, here he goes. 

KHL training exercise. 

Liam Neeson stars in “The Sergei Fedorov Story.” 

Chess metaphor. 

“I must break you.”

Captions by Ana Hansen.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/batmaneatsbabie Sandra Dee

    this is the greatest thing in my life.  Oh childhood crushes, you never die (/that’s what Anna said…)

  • Vania

    KHL ALL STAR GAMES IN TSN2!!! That’s GREAT

  • Tiago Cardoso

    KHL All-Star Game 2012
    January 21, Riga, Latvia – Arena Riga

    01/20 – 19:30 Moscow Time – (The Legends Game)
    Helmuts Balderis Team (Latvia) vs Vyacheslav Fetisov Team (Russia)

    01/21 – 15:55 Moscow Time – (Master Show Skills Competition)
    Fastest Skater; Longest Shot; Puck Control Relay; 
    Goaltender Competition; Shooting Accuracy; Hardest Shot; 
    Shootout; Captains’ Duel; Fastest Skater Team Relay  

    01/21 – 18:00 Moscow Time – (Team Ozolins vs Team Fedorov)

    Rosters

    36 Players: 20 Russian and 16 Foreigners
    20 – Russia
    04 – Czech Republic
    03 – Finland
    03 – Latvia
    02 – Canada
    02 – USA
    01 – Sweden
    01 – Belarus

    Team Ozolins [Western Conference]
    Goalkeepers
    30 Konstantin Barulin…- Atlant Mytishchi…….- Russia………[Fans' choice]
    31 Chris Holt………..- Dinamo Riga…………- USA/Canada…..[Media choice]
    Defenders
    10 Jere Karalahti…….- Dinamo Minsk………..- Finland……..[Fans' choice]
    73 Maxim Chudinov…….- Severstal Cherepovets..- Russia………[Fans' choice]
    07 Dmitry Kalinin…….- SKA St. Petersburg…..- Russia………[Media choice]
    28 Janne Niskala……..- Atlant Mytishchi…….- Finland……..[Media choice]
    04 Kirill Koltsov…….- SKA St. Petersburg…..- Russia………[League choice]
    29 Karel Pilar……….- Lev Poprad………….- Czech Republic [League choice]
    08 Sandis Ozolins…….- Dinamo Riga…………- Latvia………[Team Captain]
    Forwards
    19 Mikelis Redlihs……- Dinamo Riga…………- Latvia………[Fans' choice]
    87 Vadim Shipachyov…..- Severstal Cherepovets..- Russia………[Fans' choice]
    22 Zbynek Irgl……….- Dinamo Minsk………..- Czech Republic [Fans' choice]
    52 Sergei Shirokov……- CSKA Moscow…………- Russia………[Media choice]
    09 Tony Martensson……- SKA St. Petersburg…..- Sweden………[Media choice]
    88 Mikhail Anisin…….- Vityaz Chekhov………- Russia………[Media choice]
    93 Nikolai Zherdev……- Atlant Mytishchi…….- Russia………[League choice]
    15 Martins Karsums……- Dinamo Riga…………- Latvia………[League choice]
    13 Vyacheslav Kozlov….- Dynamo Moscow……….- Russia………[League choice]
    Coaches
    Milos Riha…………..- SKA St. Petersburg…..- Czech Republic [League choice]
    Oleg Znarok………….- Dynamo Moscow……….- Latvia/Germany [League choice]

    Team Fedorov [Eastern Conference]
    Goalkeepers
    30 Mikhail Biryukov…..- Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk..- Russia………[Fans' choice]
    34 Michael Garnett……- Traktor Chelyabinsk….- Canada………[Media choice]
    Defenders
    05 Ilya Nikulin………- Ak Bars Kazan……….- Russia………[Fans' choice]
    07 Mikko Maenpaa……..- Amur Khabarovsk……..- Finland……..[Fans' choice]
    38 Kevin Dallman……..- Barys Astana………..- Canada………[Media choice]
    81 Alexander Ryazantsev – Traktor Chelyabinsk….- Russia………[Media choice]
    45 Vitaly Proshkin……- Salavat Yulaev Ufa…..- Russia………[League choice]
    32 Evgeny Medvedev……- Ak Bars Kazan……….- Russia………[League choice]
    Forwards
    92 Evgeny Kuznetsov…..- Traktor Chelyabinsk….- Russia………[Fans' choice]
    71 Alexei Kalyuzhny…..- Avangard Omsk……….- Belarus……..[Fans' choice]
    88 Jakub Petruzalek…..- Amur Khabarovsk……..- Czech Republic [Fans' choice]
    47 Alexander Radulov….- Salavat Yulaev Ufa…..- Russia………[Media choice]
    91 Vladimir Tarasenko…- Sibir Novosibirsk……- Russia………[Media choice]
    85 Roman Cervenka…….- Avangard Omsk……….- Czech Republic [Media choice]
    10 Sergei Mozyakin……- Metallurg Magnitogorsk – Russia………[League choice]
    27 Brandon Bochenski….- Barys Astana………..- USA…………[League choice]
    82 Alexander Frolov…..- Avangard Omsk……….- Russia………[League choice]
    18 Sergei Fedorov…….- Metallurg Magnitogorsk – Russia………[Team Captain]
    Coaches
    Valery Belousov………- Traktor Chelyabinsk….- Russia………[League choice]
    Hannu Jortikka……….- Amur Khabarovsk……..- Finland……..[League choice]

    http://en.khl.ru/
    http://www.khlallstar.com/en/

    ****************************************

    KHL League Standings 2011-2012 [Regular Season]

    01 SKA St. Petersburg………88 Dmitry Kalinin, Kirill Koltsov, Tony Martensson
    02 Traktor Chelyabinsk……..84 Michael Garnett, Alexander Ryazantsev, Evgeny Kuznetsov
    03 Dynamo Moscow…………..78 Vyacheslav Kozlov
    04 Metallurg Magnitogorsk…..77 Sergei Mozyakin, Sergei Fedorov
    05 Ak Bars Kazan…………..73 Ilya Nikulin, Evgeny Medvedev
    06 Dinamo Minsk……………72 Jere Karalahti, Zbynek Irgl
    07 Amur Khabarovsk…………71 Mikko Maenpaa, Jakub Petruzalek
    08 Salavat Yulaev Ufa………71 Vitaly Proshkin, Alexander Radulov
    09 Barys Astana……………70 Kevin Dallman, Brandon Bochenski
    10 Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod….70 
    11 Atlant Mytishchi………..70 Konstantin Barulin, Janne Niskala, Nikolai Zherdev
    12 Severstal Cherepovets……68 Maxim Chudinov, Vadim Shipachyov
    13 Avangard Omsk…………..68 Alexei Kalyuzhny, Roman Cervenka, Alexander Frolov
    14 Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk……64 Mikhail Biryukov
    15 Dinamo Riga…………….60 Chris Holt, Sandis Ozolins, Mikelis Redlihs, Martins Karsums
    16 CSKA Moscow…………….59 Sergei Shirokov
    17 Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk….55
    18 Metallurg Novokuznetsk…..55
    19 Sibir Novosibirsk……….51 Vladimir Tarasenko
    20 Spartak Moscow………….45
    21 Lev Poprad……………..44 Karel Pilar
    22 Vityaz Chekhov………….34 Mikhail Anisin
    23 Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 28

    P.S. 
    Vitaly Koval – goaltender – Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod – Belarus
    injured player, replaced by Dinamo Riga’s Chris Holt

    Geoff Platt – forward – Dinamo Minsk – Canada
    injured player, replaced by Dinamo Minsk’s Zbynek Irgl

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