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Evgeni Malkin's 28th birthday cake

Average doesn't cut it for Evgeni Malkin when you're talking about his on-ice performance or the look of his birthday cakes. How did he celebrate No. 28?

Penguins centre goes big, celebrates with many penguins

Penguins star centre Evgeni Malkin doesn't settle for simple birthday cakes. On Thursday, he celebrated No. 28 with a large cake that included a miniature Malkin in a suit and tie and several penguins. (Instagram photo)

Average doesn’t cut it for EvgeniMalkin when you’re talking about his on-ice performance or the look of his birthday cakes.

A simple vanilla or chocolate cake topped with a message of “Happy Birthday Evgeni” or “Happy Birthday Gino,” as he’s known to his Pittsburgh Penguins teammates doesn’t come close to the exciting level.

On Thursday, the Russian centre celebrated his 28th birthday and made sure a large, tasty cake was part of the festivities.

This wasn’t just a cake, but a cake that sported a miniature of the man himself sporting a suit and tie, a No. 28 and several tiny Penguins all over the cake.

In previous years, Malkin opted for a cake with another miniature version of himself standing at centre ice on a rink cake with his last name and jersey No. 71 at the bottom.

For his 26th birthday celebration, he was surrounded by family and friends in Moscow and armed with a cake supporting lethal candles.

When he’s not admiring his latest birthday cake, Malkin might be training in the off-season, skating, swimming or joking around with Russian president Vladimir Putin following a gold-medal victory with the national team at the world hockey championship earlier this year.

And in May, the Penguins jokester was spotted having fun on the streets of New York City while getting his caricature drawn.

Imagine what Malkin would do and where he would go if he had the Stanley Cup in his possession for 24 hours.

Wait a second, that’s already happened, following Pittsburgh’s 2009 victory over the Detroit Red Wings.

Did Malkin do anything outrageous? Take a look below.


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