Evgeny Kuznetsov attends grand opening of new Cheylabinsk hockey rink, suits up as goaltender to kids’ delight
Evgeny Kuznetsov was back on the ice on Friday, but not to train for next season. The 28-year-old, Stanley Cup-winning center threw on his goaltending gear at the grand opening of an outdoor hockey rink in his hometown of Chelyabinsk, Russia.
Kuznetsov, wearing a redesigned Traktor Chelyabinsk jersey he received from the team in late October and a red beanie, cut a ribbon marking the official opening of the rink.
Kuzy also signed autographs and held a master class with dozens of kids from the Valery Belousov Educational Center. Belousov passed away in 2015 and was Kuznetsov’s former KHL coach and a close mentor.