TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 5: B.J. Crombeen #19 and Victor Hedman #77 of the Tampa Bay Lightning joke around prior to taking the ice for pre game warmups before the start of the game against of the Ottawa Senators at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on December 5, 2013 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Audette/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 Fed Ex Field in Landover, Md. on Friday