2014-15: Scored first goal of season 2/13 vs. PHI... Picked up two fighting majors for 11th time in NHL career 10/28 vs OTT... Posted six hits 10/26 at LAK... Became CBJ's franchise leader in PIM (1027) with minor 10/27 at BUF.
2013-14: Tied J. Shelley for 1st place in CBJ history with 1025th career PIM on 4/12 at FLA... Skated in 400th career NHL game on 11/5 vs. OTT... Led CBJ with 8 fighting majors.
Career: Finished T-5th in the NHL in fighting majors (12) and 9th in PIM (100), leading CBJ in both categories in 2012-13... Finished in the Top 10 in fighting majors his 1st 6 NHL seasons: 2012-13, 12 (T-5th); 2011-12, 18 (T-4th); 2010-11, 24 (3rd); 2009-10, 21 (T-6th); 2008-09, 24 (2nd); 2007-08, 28 (1st) Made NHL debut on 10/5/07 vs. ANA Scored 1st career NHL goal on 10/10/07 vs. PHX (Aebischer) Won J. Ross Robinson Cup with Plymouth (OHL) in 2007.
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 FedEx Field in Landover, Md. on Friday