Evgeni Malkin

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Name: Evgeni Malkin (Евгений Владимирович Малкин)
Also Known As: Geno, G, Женя/Zhenya, #71
Occupation: hockey player
Works: 1 Stanley Cup + Conn Smythe, numerous individual awards
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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.



  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