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Evgeny Kuznetsov

Born:May 19, 1992Draft:2010 Capitals #26 Overall
Hometown:Chelyabinsk, RussiaPosition:C
Known For:Nicknamed “the Bird Man”Shoots:Left
National Team:RussiaCurrent Team:Washington Capitals

Yevgeny Yevgenyevich Kuznetsov (Russian: Евгений Евгеньевич Кузнецов; born 19 May 1992) is a Russian professional ice hockey forward currently playing for the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League (NHL). He previously played for Traktor Chelyabinsk of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). He has represented Russia in junior and senior level competitions on numerous occasions, winning gold medals at the 2011 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, as well as at the 2012 IIHF World Championship and 2014 IIHF World Championship.

Kuznetsov won the Stanley Cup with the Capitals in 2018, leading the playoffs in point-scoring with 32 points, the most by any player in a single postseason since Evgeni Malkin in 2009. Kuznetsov is known for his bird celebration he used throughout the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs, earning him the nickname “the Birdman.”

Evgeny Kuznetsov Washington Capitals
Evgeny Kuznetsov, Washington Capitals (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers)

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  • 3x World Championship Bronze Medal (2016, 2017, 2019)
  • Stanley Cup Champion (Capitals – 2018)
  • NHL All-Star Game (2016)
  • 2x World Championship Gold Medal (2012, 2014)
  • 2x KHL All-Star Game (2012, 2013)
  • 2x U20 WJC All-Star Team (2011, 2012)
  • U20 WJC Best Forward (2012)
  • U20 WJC Most Valuable Player (2012)
  • U20 WJC Silver Medal (2012)
  • 2x U20 WJC Top 3 Player on Team Russia (2011, 2012)
  • U20 WJC Gold Medal (2011)
  • U18 WJC All-Star Team (2010)
  • U18 WJC Top 3 Player on Team Russia (2010)
  • U18 WJC Silver Medal (2009)