Disqualification Kuznetsova. What is important to know about the hockey team of Russia
Kuznetsov passed a positive doping test during the world Cup 2019 in Bratislava. His body was discovered cocaine. The player will not be able to attend tournaments held by the IIHF, including at the world Championships and the Olympics. At the same time, he will continue to play in the NHL.
The first season in the KHL
The striker made his debut in the first team «the Tractor» already at the age of 17 in 2009. Immediately after receiving the trust of the coach, known in the past, enforcer Andrei Nazarov, who for many years played in the NHL, the forward has received solid playing time. In the first season in the KHL, he spent 35 games in the regular season and four games in the playoffs, scored three goals and made six assists.
Gold world juniors
In the next season, Kuznetsov was one of the leaders of the «Tractor» — 17 goals and 15 assists in 44 games. But the main success came to Kuznetsov in the beginning of 2011 at the youth world Championships, which took place in American Buffalo.
The Russian team won the gold medal, defeating in the final team Canada 5:3, and after two periods the score was 3:0 in favor of the opponent. Kuznetsov in the same match made three assists. Alongside him, the attack team then played the future stars of the NHL Vladimir Tarasenko and Artemi Panarin.
Gold adult world Cup
In the 2011/12 season striker took another step forward, 41 (19+22) points in 49 matches, and «Tractor», who missed the previous draw of the Cup of Gagarin, won the regular season and reached the playoffs, where Kuznetsov in 12 games has scored seven goals and made two assists.
Blacksmiths throughout the season, was involved in the adult national team of Russia and eventually played at the world championship in Finland and Sweden — ten games, two goals, four assists. The Russian team has won ten matches out of ten, taking first place.
The second time Kuznetsov won the gold in the world championship in 2014 in Minsk.
The Gagarin Cup final and the departure to the NHL
Season 2012/13 was the best in recent history «Tractor». The team won silver medals of the championship, having reached the final of the Gagarin Cup. The following year, the situation has changed dramatically — Chelyabinsk missed the playoffs and Kuznetsov played the faded — it was felt that he needed a new challenge.
After it became clear that the «Tractor» will not compete for the Gagarin Cup, Kuznetsov signed a contract with Washington, which drafted him in 2010 under 26-m number.
A new contract
Kuznetsov was one of the leaders of the «capitals» in 2015, by the end of the contract, earning himself a reputation as one of the best centre forwards in the League.
In 2017, the striker has signed with Washington, the new agreement is for eight years and $62.4 million Now Kuznetsov is the third player of «Washington» for the amount of the contract.
The Stanley Cup
«Washington» won the Stanley Cup once. The team, led by one of the best snipers in NHL history Alexander Ovechkin, confidently played in regular season but in the playoffs was a mistake. In 2018, Washington finally reached the final — in the «Vegas» led the League in the first season. Then the team won the series 4-1. Kuznetsov, Ovechkin and defenseman Dmitry Orlov won the Stanley Cup.
Kuznetsov since 2011 he is married to Anastasia Zinovieva. In may 2015, the couple had a daughter Yesenia. In June of 2019 — the son of Fyodor.