Evgeni Malkin

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Name: Evgeni Malkin (Евгений Владимирович Малкин)
Also Known As: Geno, G, Женя/Zhenya, #71
Occupation: hockey player
Works: 3 Stanley Cup + Conn Smythe, numerous individual awards
Official Website(s): www.malkin71.com
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Evgeni "Geno" Malkin is a hockey player and alternate captain for the Pittsburgh Penguins in the NHL. He is considered one of the best players in the world.


Malkin's public persona is genial and goofy (off the ice). Fandom has taken note of how Geno loves animals and children[1] and uses lots of Russian eyeless smiley emoticons in his tweets. "Geno" is the anglicized version of his Russian nickname Женя, transcribed Zhenya: some stories use Zhenya when writing from his PoV.

Malkin's relationship with his home country Russia has at times been complicated since he "defected" from the KHL to play in Pittsburgh. Several stories use a more dramatic version of these events and/or show him preferring the US, despite his well-documented love for Russia. [2]

While he spoke very little English at first, his command of the language has much improved in recent years. Writers often struggle with correctly portraying his accent and manner of speaking.

He is most often shipped with teammate and team captain Sidney Crosby, and the Sid/Geno pairing is one of the fandom's most popular. He is also occasionally paired with fellow Russian and old friend Alex Ovechkin and with his linemate James Neal. In some stories he is part of the fanonical cabal of Russian hockey players (nick-named the 'Russian knitting circle'[3]). His former teammate and mentor Sergei Gonchar often appears in fic.

Tropes & Fanon

Coming to NHL

The fandom loves to explore Malkin's escape from Metallurg Magnitogorsk to play with Pittsburgh Penguins in the NHL. In reality, Malkin had indeed a very strained relationship with the team during that period of time. Some fanfictions even add a marriage component to his grand plan of escape (usually to Sidney Crosby). The marriage acts as an insurance/protection against Metallurg Magnitogorsk's attempt to take him back. Although in canon, Malkin and his old team made up during the 2012–13 NHL lockout (Malkin went back and played for Metallurg Magnitogorsk during the lockout).

Language Barrier

Even to this day, Malkin still speaks fragmented English in most fanfictions. One tumblr post tried to analyze the pattern behind his way of speaking from a Russian speaker's perspective, so that writers can get a better grasp of portraying him. In some stories, Malkin uses Russian words here and there while speaking in English.

Player Position

Fanfics like to put Malkin on Crosby's line as a winger, and emphasize their psychic-like bond in reading each other's play on the ice. In canon, nowadays Malkin primarily plays as penguins' second line center, and only plays on the same line with Crosby mostly during the power play. Malkin and Crosby are nicknamed "two-headed monster" for their chemistry on the ice.



  1. The Extremely Exhaustive Evgeni Malkin Primer: Part 2 by chibirhm
  2. Evgeni Malkin loves Russia and Russian women almost as much as he loves sentence fragments by last angry fan
  3. Is it bad? by Scarlet Siren