Demitra will be playing in his third consecutive Olympics. His most recent international competition was the 2007 World Championship where he played on a line with Marian Hossa and Marian Gaborik. The trio combined for 21 points (9-12-21) in six games. Demitra also played two seasons in Minnesota as Gaborik’s teammate -- it will be their first competition together since the end of the 2007-08 season.
He has won two international medals, both bronze -- the first at the 1993 World Junior Championship (playing for the Czechoslovakia) and at the 2003 World Championship. He has also competed in two World Cups, 1996 and 2004.
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