Goc, the highest German-born player ever selected in the NHL Entry Draft (20th overall in 2001), will make his second Olympic appearance for Germany having competed in 2006.
In 2002, he tied for the German team lead in goals (4), and ranked second in points (6) at the World Junior Championships (Group B). His effort helped his country earn a berth in the following year’s top division at the World Junior Championships.
He has represented Germany in four World Championships (2001, 2003, 2005, 2008) and one World Cup of Hockey (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