Evgeny Kuznetsov Participates in Opening of Pavel Datsyuk Arena (Photos)

19.08.16. Открытие «Дацюк-Арены». |19.08.16. Datsyuk Arena opening.

Washington Capitals centerman Evgeny Kuznetsov spent part of his Wednesday participating in the opening of the new Pavel Datsyuk arena, located in Yekaterinburg, Russia.

Evgeny Kuznetsov joined Chicago Blackhawk and fellow countryman Artemi Panarin in the opening of the new Datsyuk Arena. The two signed autographs for all the visitors to the new arena.




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19 августа в Екатеринбурге прошло торжественное открытие «Дацюк-Арены». На празднике присутствовали Павел Дацюк, Артемий Панарин, Евгений Кузнецов, Никита Трямкин, Игорь Шестёркин, а также звёзды СССР – Александр Якушев, Валерий Каменский, Алексей Касатонов, Владимир Мышкин. «Хотел бы поблагодарить правительство Свердловской области, администрацию нашего города за помощь в возведении арены, а также команду «Неоплан», которая доказала, что может добиваться больших результатов. Эта арена принадлежит нашему будущему – детям. Добро пожаловать!» – сказал Павел Дацюк на открытии #CCM_Siberia #Хоккей

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Kuznetsov and Pavel Datsyuk have built-up a pretty strong bond over the last couple of NHL seasons. This summer Kuznetsov participated in the Datsyuk youth camp, working with local kids, and helping them develop their game of hockey.

19.08.16. Открытие «Дацюк-Арены». Павел Дацюк. |19.08.16. Datsyuk Arena opening. Pavel Datsyuk.

19.08.16. Открытие «Дацюк-арены». Товарищеский матч. Артемий Панарин, Евгений Кузнецов. |19.08.16. Datsyuk-Arena opening. Friendly match. Artemy Panarin, Evgeny Kuznetsov.

During this past season, the two met for dinner when Datsyuk’s Red Wings were in Washington. It’s pretty clear that Kuznetsov has a great deal of respect for Pavel Datsyuk, even adding a scholarly graduation cap in the Instagram message from that evening.



Pavel Datsyuk, also known as “The Magic Man” retired from the NHL this year so he could spend more time with his daughter from his first marriage. On July 8th, Datsyuk, 38, signed a two-year deal with SKA St. Petersburg of the Kontinental Hockey League.

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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