Evgeny Kuznetsov is a humble guy. If you ask him about a thrilling goal he scored, he’ll brush it off as as a minor contribution in a larger effort. One of the best centers in the game, Kuznetsov will be sure to thank teammates who had nothing to do with the play.
But Kuznetsov is boastful about one thing: his purported skills in Family Feud, a show to which he is unabashedly addicted.
Now he has his chance: Family Feud auditions are coming to Baltimore in just over three weeks.
Kuznetsov summed up his love for the program to the estimable Jill Sorensen last year when she asked which television show he could not live without.
“I’m always watching before game,” Kuznetsov replied. “Two teams and one guy. Two teams and one guy. Anyone? … Uhhhhhhhh. You know like ‘Deal, No Deal’ but another one.”
Then a voice in the distance solved the puzzle, blurting out “Family Feud.”
“Yeahhhhhhh!” Kuznetsov exclaimed over riotous laughter.
Kuzy’s love went national. Even NHL Network caught on. Kuznetsov revealed that he watches the show every day before a game and even proposed the next chapter in United States and Russia’s epic sports rivalry. Naturally it involved Alex Ovechkin, Dmitry Orlov, and Kuznetsov facing off against the best America (or the Baltimore/Washington metro area) has to offer.
There’s just one problem: the official rules state that a team must be made of us five “family members related by blood, marriage or legal adoption.” So much for Kuzy’s dreams.
But RMNB has come up with foolproof solution. Kuznetsov could participate with his daughter Ecenia (an American citizen, which seems to be a plus for these guys) and adopt Ovechkin, Orlov, and Stan Galiev, whose childish demeanors and mustaches indicate they cannot possibly be over 15.
Prospective participants are encouraged to submit a video in which they are “free to use props, costumes.”
At publication time, Fremantle Media, the Family Feud rights holder, did not respond to an inquiry about the eligibility of an all Russian Capitals gameshow team.
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