Evgeny Kuznetsov Changes His Jersey Number to 84


Graphic by Ian Oland.

We have sad news to report out of Russia today. We can no longer refer to Evgeny Kuznetsov as EK92 because the 2010 Washington Capitals first-round pick has decided to change his jersey number to 84, per Traktor Chelyabinsk’s official website. Traktor has not provided any reasoning behind the decision.

Kuznetsov has always worn #92 with Traktor Chelyabinsk and Russia’s national team. On the junior national team, he wore #25.

The number switch isn’t necessarily a surprise. In December 2011, Kuznetsov told Sovetsky Sport’s Pavel Lysenkov that he wouldn’t be wearing #92 or any of his previous numbers in the NHL.

As per my translation from two years ago, Kuznetsov said:

When The MHL’s White Bears started, they made the sweaters for us. Almost all of numbers were gone. The only ones left were numbers 90, 91 and 92. So some other guys who were a bit older took the other ones, and I got this one.

For Sbornaya, I wore 25 and 7. I also had 17. If I go to the NHL, I will take a different number. Which one? I am not telling you!

For those of you who have already dropped $200 for your #92 Kuznetsov Caps jerseys, you are probably feeling a bit jaded and angry right now. Just furiously jab this button for a few minutes and I promise it’ll make you feel better.

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  • WisconsinCapsFan

    ‘BREAKING: Evgeny Kuznetsov has changed his….’My hopes for this article were through the roof only to be undone by a simple change in jersey number. Damn

  • It appears Kuzya has been doing some heavy reading over the summer.

  • That button just made my day.

  • Stacy

    Who was his favorite player??? Could it be a birth year of his favorite player? Just wondering. . .

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    Maybe the birth year of his favorite blogger!

  • chris

    I’d prefer a jersey number change to 47 when he arrives in Washington. He can then shatter the rookie goal scoring record of 76 goals by Teemu Selanne, thus dubbing him the EK47.

  • Andy Wallace

    Well if we do miraculously sign Grabbo this could make things quite awkward down the stretch…