Finnish Elite League First All-Star Team (2000)
Claimed by Atlanta from Colorado in Expansion Draft, June 25, 1999. Traded to Columbus by Atlanta with Pauli Levokari for Chris Nielsen and Petteri Nummelin, December 2, 2002. Claimed on waivers by Philadelphia from Columbus, January 1, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Vastra Frolunda (Sweden) following release by Philadelphia, January 24, 2003.
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