11 Times Viktor Nikiforov and Yuri Katsuki's Relationship Was #goals
by Buzzfeed Staff • Thurs 1/20/2022
We can only dream of having this kind of love.
1. When Viktor Nikiforov kissed Yuri Katsuki after his first NHL hat-trick
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We're starting this list strong. This was one of the defining moments of sports in 2020, and one that lived on after it was featured on the cover of eight different sports publications and the front page of the New York Times. This was the moment that the world confirmed what had been merely a rumor before: That Russian hockey player Viktor Nikiforov and Japanese hockey player Yuri Katsuki were in a relationship.
2. When that photo of Yuri brushing Viktor's hair hit the internet
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The daughters of Yuri's longtime friend Yuko Nishigori posted this photo of our favorite hockey couple, our hearts melted. Who knew that two guys who play one of the most violent sports ever could be so tender?
3. Their pre-game ritual
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Plenty of teammates, from Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin to Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn have pregame rituals involving each other, but are any as cute as Viktor and Yuri's? We think not.
4. They nap together on the team plane
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We'd like to take a moment to thank the members of the Ottawa Senators for giving the internet what it needs: pictures of hockey's cutest couple cuddling each other. We only wish the results of that water bottle prank had been posted as well.
5. On-ice celebrations have never been more loving
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What's a celly without some butt slaps? We know what you're thinking: Don't these look just like normal cellies? Well we like to imagine that the goal celebrations between Viktor and Yuri linger just a little bit longer.
6. Viktor live-tweeted Yuri failing to learn to drive, and it was hilarious
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Viktor Nikiforov @v-nikiforov
Pray for me, I'm teaching Yuuri how to drive today #mylifeinyourhands
6/18/2021 11:29 EST
Viktor Nikiforov @v-nikiforov
I shouldn't be so hard on him I'm sure Yuuri will be great! がんばろう!!
6/18/2021 11:30 EST
Viktor Nikiforov @v-nikiforov
Помоги мне!!!! ((((((((((((((((((((((((((
6/18/2021 11:42 EST
7. They left Don Cherry stunned silent and that made every hockey fan #blessed
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Look, Don Cherry is a legend. A somehow still living legend. Rumor has it that he'll only die when the NHL finally eliminates fighting entirely. While no one can question his contributions to both hockey and Canada, we can't deny that seeing him speechless was the second greatest thing about Viktor and Yuri coming out.
8. When Yuri shut down the haters with one post-game comment
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Here's the transcript for those of you that can't watch it:
Reporter: What do you say to the people who think that one of you should retire so that you won't be such a distraction from the game?
Katsuki: We're not a distraction, we're a couple. A team. And neither one of us is going to retire just to make people in the media more comfortable. If someone has a problem with us, they can meet us at the faceoff dot.
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9. Their Christmas outfits were incredible
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Even their dog got in on the action.
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10. Speaking of their dog, the way they are with their furbaby makes us hope they acquire children of their own soon
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While we don't want to rush them into any life changing decisions, we can't help but believe that they would be the most amazing dads ever. Think of the hockey talent they would bring into the world! They already did such a great job with Yurio Plisetsky!
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11. They're not afraid to show how much they love each other, even in public
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While neither of them are the type to talk effusively about their relationship outside of Steve Dangle interviews, apparently (judging from the doggy playdate between poodle and labradoodle over the summer, their canines are friends), there's little doubt that Viktor Nikiforov and Yuri Katsuki love each other. They're constantly spotted around Ottawa holding hands or taking in the sights with teammates and friends in tow. While there hasn't been any word yet on what their future plans are, we wouldn't be surprised if there was a wedding in the works.