Wednesday, the Washington Capitals released photos of the Evgeny Kuznetsov bobblehead scheduled to be given away during their March 26 game against the Hurricanes. The bobblehead features a very realistic Kuzy flapping his wings while doing his signature bird celly.
NBC4 Sports’ Sherree Burruss gave Kuznetsov a first look at his new ceramic mini-me.
“That’s not bad, eh,” Kuznetsov said while giggling like a happy toddler. “That’s a pretty good looking boy!”
BIRD IS THE WORD: We gave some of the @Capitals their first look at the new @Kuzya92 bobblehead, including the man himself. The result? Lots of giggling! #ALLCAPS #Capitals @nbcwashington pic.twitter.com/1NE4fng21r
— NBC4 Sports (@NBC4Sports) March 7, 2019
First, Burruss got the opinions of Evgeny’s teammates.
“Obviously, Kuzy an elite player,” Nic Dowd said. “So yeah he’s one of the only guys who can get away with doing this. But I think the fans will be happy. I think they gave him more of a beard than he deserves, but at least he’s got all his teeth.”
“[This] can’t get better,” Jakub Vrana said. “It’s perfect.”
Then he reconsidered.
“Maybe the head should stay still and just goes to the arms,” Vrana surmised.
But it was Kuznetsov, an avid Capitals bobblehead collector himself, who was the most excited.
“Every bobblehead is special,” Kuznetsov said. “Of course, every player, I think, wants to be here right? Wants to have the bobblehead. Whatever they gonna pick, whoever is going to be next, I’ll be excited because it’ll be one more bobblehead in my collection.”
According to Kuznetsov, bobbleheads are not a thing in Russia.
“No, we don’t have it,” Kuznetsov said. “That’s the first thing that when I came over here. I think it’s a pretty good thing. It’s fun.”
Kuznetsov took the ceramic stick out of the packaging and gave it to Clay Kuzy. The Russian center now does the bird celly because of his daughter and Ecenia gets mad when he doesn’t do it after goals. Kuzy was asked if she would be excited.
“I think she’ll play couple days,” Kuznetsov said. “And then forget about it like every kid.”
Burruss was most impressed by was the salad on the top of the Bobblenetsov’s head. She liked it so much that it made Kuzy insecure about his real life hair.
“Does it look bad right now?” Kuznetsov said laughing. “This they put some gel on for sure. I never use that.”
Headline photo: @NBC4Sports
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