-- First Pro Win: November 21 vs. Worcester (4-0, 36 saves) -- Pro Debut: October 18, 2014 Lehigh Valley at Adirondack (32 saves/35 shots) -- Represented United States at 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship (8-0 win vs. Germany, 12/29/13) -- Signed an entry-level contract with Philadelphia on March 1, 2013 -- Starting goaltender for London in back-to-back Memorial Cup appearances (2013, 2014) -- Began 2012-13 season at Univ. of Nebraska-Omaha but left after eight games to join London -- Ranked 4th among North American Goaltenders in 2012 NHL Central Scouting Final Rankings
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