SAN JOSE, CA - APRIL 5: Miikka Kiprusoff #34, Mikael Backlund #11, Chris Butler #44 and Dennis Wideman #26 of the Calgary Flames defend near the net against the San Jose Sharks during an NHL game on April 5, 2013 at HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. (Photo by Don Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)
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 FedEx Field in Landover, Md. on Friday