Evgeny Kuznetsov is the gift that keeps on giving and with Christmas coming up he’s not stopping anytime soon. This dude dressed up as a goaltender at a practice I attended in January. He’s also made me laugh and cry during 90% of his interviews. Sometimes he says things as an intention to be funny but other times he might actually be serious. Either way, aside from the ridiculous skills he flashes on the ice, he’s practically a cartoon character off the ice.
Barclay’s Center, the arena in Brooklyn where the New York Islanders call home, is a strange rink. With odd spacing in a facility intentionally built for basketball, the backup goaltenders sit near the tunnels rather than on the bench. On the visitors side of things, there was a backup goaltender and an injured forward enjoying the Caps win from that particular vantage point. In the image below, Kuznetsov is seen waving to starting goalie Braden Holtby.
Erik Thomas, a photographer from the New York Post, captured these raw images and later tweeted out a pic of him sporting Copley’s hat and pads. After watching him as a goaltender firsthand back in January, I think Kuzy is getting serious about changing positions.
Kuznetsov hit the ice for the first time near the tail end of morning skate. Although he didn’t practice with the team, he did some individual work indicating a return is coming soon. On Monday night though, he had a great view of the game. Photo below via @SterlingStrange.
He was so close to the many Caps fans in attendance, he might as well have high-fived a few of them after each Caps goal. The Capitals went on to defeat the Islanders 4-1.
— AIMEE ❤ FLECK (@aimeefleck) November 27, 2018
Please don’t change Kuzy.
Top Photo via @ErikThomas748 on Twitter