Son of Paulin QMJHL All-Rookie Team (1992) QMJHL First All-Star Team (1995)
Traded to Nashville by Montreal for future considerations, June 26, 1998. Missed majority of 2000-01 due to abdominal injury vs. Detroit, November 18, 2000. Claimed on waivers by St. Louis from Nashville, March 13, 2001. Claimed by Minnesota from St. Louis in Waiver Draft, September 28, 2001. Traded to Phoenix by Minnesota for David Cullen, January 4, 2002.
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