TERRACE, BC - SEPTEMBER 14: Jeff Tambellini of the New York Islanders and Willie Mitchell of the Vancouver Canucks speaks to the students while visiting Thornhill Elementary School September 14, 2009 in Terrace, British Columbia, Canada. The Canucks and the Islanders will be playing a pre season game in celebration of Kraft Hockville 2009. (Photo by Rich Lam/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