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All Evgeny and Andrei Svechnikov

03/04/2021 at 8:18am EST

from Max Bultman and Sara Civian of The Athletic,

Early in the 2019-20 season, mere days before the brothers seemed destined to square off for the first time, Evgeny answered a set of 11 questions about his brother for The Athletic. This week, Andrei answered the same 11 about Evgeny.

Their responses are a window into their two personalities, their childhood and why the chance to face each other in the NHL would mean so much to them both.

What’s his best hockey skill?

Evgeny: I would say that his separating with other players is probably skating, but I think also hockey IQ, he’s really smart and he knows how to play in give-and-go and little areas, and cycle the puck, and skill game, but also he has a weapon as a shot and his speed … he takes pucks to the net with his ability to skate, and just … cut to the net. It’s unreal. But also huge competitor, wants to win every single day, wants to be better every day. Crazy, crazy work (ethic). I can go on, but skating can separate him with other players.

Andrei: I think he’s got a really good shot, and he can control the puck all game. He can play physical. I feel like we’re kind of similar players, actually.

What’s his best quality as a person?

Evgeny: Humble. Humble, shyness, respectful. There’s not just one word. But one thing (that) comes in my head, humble and respect(ful), of anything: parents, people around, polite. Just a good kid, man. He’s just a good kid.

Andrei: I feel like he’s just a kind person — he’s always going to care about you, he’s always going to ask you if something’s wrong. He’s a culture guy. But obviously he gets a little emotional sometimes (laughter) … He’s gotta work on that a little bit, probably.

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