Claimed by Los Angeles from Boston in Expansion Draft, June 6, 1967. Traded to NY Rangers by Los Angeles for Real Lemieux and Juha Widing, February 28, 1970. Traded to St. Louis by NY Rangers with Bert Wilson and Jerry Butler for Bill Collins and John Davidson, June 18, 1975.
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