TAMPA – Nikita Kucherov’s Stanley Cup celebration didn’t end with a merry-go-round on the ice or a locker room party with family and friends.
It spilled over into her hockey idol’s dinner.
Igor Larionov was having dinner with his son when Larionov received a FaceTime call from an unknown number. He answered it anyway, and Kucherov and the Stanley Cup filled his screen.
“You are my idol!” shouted the Lightning forward and playoff top scorer at Larionov in Russian. “Thank you!”
Larionov’s son Igor Larionov II shared the exchange on Twitter, calling it “the coolest thing ever.” Less than an hour later, he showed the tweet to his father, who shared other parts of their conversation.
“(Larionov) said ‘Kuch’ also told him that he always watches his highlights,” Larionov II tweeted. âEvery athlete can relate to looking at their idol, but how amazing it is to win the biggest trophy in your sport and then face your idol. It gives me goosebumps just thinking about it.
Larionov, 60, was one of the famous “five Russians” of the Detroit Red Wings in the 1990s. Alongside Sergei Fedorov, Vladimir Konstantinov, Slava Kozlov and Slava Fetisov, he helped the team win two championships consecutive Stanley Cup under Scotty Bowman in 1997-98.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to the exchange:
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