Photo credit: ura.ru
Washington Capitals top-rated prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov is out of action for at least a few weeks recovering from his recent shoulder surgery. But another Evgeny Kuznetsov, also a native of Chelyabinsk, is apparently ready to go to work.
The other Kuznetsov is no mercurial youngster with a propensity for spectacular goals and controversial interviews. Instead, he weighs about 20 metric tons, moves at a top speed of 5.5 mph, and does its work on caterpillar tracks rather than skates.
Yeah, someone named a bulldozer after Evgeny Kuznetsov.
Twelve new B-10 bulldozers, fresh off the assembly line at Chelyabinsk Tractor Plant (pillar of the Soviet heavy industry and original sponsor of Chelyabinsk hockey club), are named after some of the leading players of the beloved home team, as reported by news agency URA.ru. Homegrown heroes Evgeny Kuznetsov, Anton Glinkin, and Stanislav Chistov are among the players honored, along with Andrei Kostitsyn, former Cap Jan Bulis and Chelyabinsk fan’s favorite import – goalie Michael Garnett. Six of the twelve machines, including the vehicles bearing the names of Kuznetsov, Glinkin and Garnett, have already been christened; Kuzya’s name and signature, including his new number 84, are on the third apparatus from the left. The other six are expected to be assembled by the end of the month. The equipment will be sent to the Far East region of Russia, where it is desperately needed to deal with the devastating effects of the recent Amur River flood.
The Kuznetsov model is to the right. (Photo credit: ura.ru)
And just in case any crazed fans of Kuzya would like to purchase a B-10 bearing the name of their idol, a base model will set you back only $100,000, with approximately 20K extra for a top of the line version.