Evgeny Kuznetsov is a humble guy. If you ask him about a thrilling goal he scored, he’ll brush it off as as a minor contribution in a larger effort. One of the best centers in the game, Kuznetsov will be sure to thank teammates who had nothing to do with the play.
But Kuznetsov is boastful about one thing: his purported skills in Family Feud, a show to which he is unabashedly addicted.
In a social media campaign debuted on Friday, the NHL made their Adidas-designed World Cup of Hockey jerseys available for purchase in their online store and they’re lit, fam.
Capitals skaters Evgeny Kuznetsov (Russia) and John Carlson (USA) act as models for their respective countries along with fellow superstars Sidney Crosby, Connor McDavid, Daniel Sedin, and several others.
JESUS KUZY WHAT IS THAT ON YOUR ARM?
Photo: Sanford Myers
After running away with the President’s Trophy during the 2015-16 season, the Capitals have been accepting awards right and left during the offseason. Braden Holtby won the Vezina Trophy as the league’s best goaltender, Barry Trotz took home the Jack Adams Award as the league’s best coach, Alex Ovechkin won his fourth consecutive and sixth Richard Trophy overall, and Jay Beagle was tabbed with two of the weirdest plays of the season. On Monday, Evgeny Kuznetsov joined in on the fun, being named the top breakout player of the 2015-16 season by NHL Network.
The Blackhawks Artemi Panarin, the Sharks’ Martin Jones, the Jets’ Mark Scheifele, and the Penguins’ Matt Murray rounded out the top five. No other Capitals were named in the NHL Network’s top 40.
Tuesday, Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov was busy volunteering his time, serving as a guest instructor at Pavel Datsyuk’s Skill Development Camp. With all that magic under one roof, I’m surprised the hockey rink didn’t implode.
Datsyuk, who retired from the NHL and signed a two-year deal with Ska St. Petersberg 11 days ago, thanked Kuznetsov for his contribution on his Twitter account.
Nearly 14 months ago, Evgeny Kuznetsov’s wife Nastia gave birth to the couple’s first child, an adorable baby girl named Ecenia. “I am a dad,” Kuznetsov wrote in Russian, the night Ecenia was born. “Thank you for my daughter, my love.”
Fast forward to Monday, Kuznetsov posted a photo of one-year-old Ecenia wearing a diadem, cape, and a shirt which has the phrase “I’m the boss” on it. Kuznetsov captioned the photo “Царевна👼🏼.” According to RMNB’s Igor Kleyner, the word translates to tsarevna, which means the daughter of tsar or the daughter of a king.
Ecenia is Evgeny’s princess.
Photo: Drew Hallowell
In his second full season in the NHL, Evgeny Kuznetsov broke out. The 24-year-old center tallied 20 goals for the first time in his career and led the league in primary assists. He also led the President’s Trophy winning Capitals with 77 points, becoming the first player not named Ovechkin or Backstrom to accomplish that feat in a decade.
Kuznetsov’s big season was not lost on voters. The Chelyabinsk native received one fourth place and one fifth place vote for the Hart Trophy as league MVP. Kuznetsov was one of 23 NHL players to receive a vote.
Evgeny Kuznetsov has remained busy since winning a bronze medal at the 2016 World Championship last week. The Caps’ leading point scorer returned home to Chelyabinsk and, on Monday, participated in a youth hockey camp at the Traktor hockey school.
“Today was Evgeny Kuznetsov’s turn to share his experience with our young hockey players,” wrote one onlooker, Alfia, on Instagram. “Once an ordinary guy from Chelyabinsk, Evgeny has become an example for young athletes through his diligence and hard work.”
Kuznetsov led some skating and stick-handling drills before eventually cheesing in a a group picture with the campers.
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