Will be playing for Canada the fourth time in his career -- won a gold medal with Canada at the 2005 World Junior Championship and silver medals at the 2008 World Championships and 2004 World Junior Championship.
Finished second in scoring at 2008 World Championship in Halifax/Quebec City, playing on a line with Rick Nash and Dany Heatley.
Played on Canada's number two line (behind Crosby/Bergeron/Perry trio) at the 2005 World Junior Championships with Jeff Carter and Andrew Ladd and scored three points (1-2-3) in 6-1 win over Russia in the gold medal game.
Played on one of the all-time great Canadian teams at the 2005 World Junior Championship -- along with fellow 2010 Olympians Sidney Crosby, Brent Seabrook, Shea Weber, Corey Perry, Patrice Bergeron and Mike Richards.
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