OHL First All-Star Team (1991)
Transferred to Colorado after Quebec franchise relocated, June 21, 1995. Missed majority of 2000-01 due to shoulder injury vs. Carolina, January 6, 2001. Signed as a free agent by Columbus, August 2, 2005. Traded to Colorado by Columbus for Colorado's 1st round choice (later traded to Philadelphia - Philadelphia selected Luca Sbisa) in 2008 Entry Draft and Colorado's 4th round choice (David Savard) in 2009 Entry Draft, February 26, 2008. Officially announced his retirement, April 8, 2011.
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