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ILYA KOVALCHUK THROUGH THE YEARS February 4, 2010

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ILYA KOVALCHUK THROUGH THE YEARS
On January 11, 2009, Kovalchuk assumed the captaincy of the Thrashers from a group of alternates that began the season, succeeding Bobby Holik. (Getty Images)

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It was a big dream. [Messi] is probably the best athlete out there, so it's a big honor, for [Kuznetzov] as well. It's maybe a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet the best player in soccer right now. I'm a big Barcelona fan and Messi fan, so it's huge. You can take [Michael] Jordan, [Mark] Messier, [Wayne] Gretzky, those kinds of [people]. It's an honor to meet. It's nice to be in that position.

— Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin told told Monumental Network after meeting soccer star Lionel Messi prior to Argentina's practice at Fed Ex Field in Landover, Md. on Friday