WCHA Second All-Star Team (1996) NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team (1996) WCHA First All-Star Team (1999) NCAA West First All-American Team (1999) WCHL First All-Star Team (2003) Top Defenseman WCHL (2003) Missed majority of 2003-04 season recovering from groin injury suffered in pre-game warm-up, November 27, 2002. Signed as a free agent by Bentley (Chinook) following release by Columbia (ECHL), February 1, 2003. Signed Letter of Intent to attend U. of British Columbia, March 20, 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