Evgeny Kuznetsov was a child prodigy at hockey. In 2015, we learned through a Players’ Tribune article that Kuzy first gravitated to the sport due to goal celebrations.
“I tell you one of my very first memories,” he said then. “My dad take me to the rink, and I see this older guy score goal, and he do a really cool celebration. Slide around on his knees, you know? I say to myself, ‘I want to do that. This looks so fun.'”
In a new video for the Capitals, Kuznetsov cites his proximity to a local ice skating rink for how he developed his otherworldly skill.