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Ilya Kovalchuk

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Ilya Kovalchuk

  1. 1. Ilya Kovalchuk (born April 15, 1983) a Russian professional ice hockey left winger currently playing for SKA Saint Petersburg of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).
  2. 2. Kovalchuk debuted in the Russian Super League (RSL) with HC Spartak Moscow, before continuing his career in the National Hockey League (NHL). Drafted first overall in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft by the Atlanta Thrashers, he began his NHL career with them in 2001–02. After eight seasons with the Thrashers, he was traded to the New Jersey Devils in February 2010, and later signed a 15year, $100 million contract during the off-season after a 17-year, $102 million was rejected by the league. Three years later, he retired from the NHL on July 11, 2013, having played 11 seasons. Kovalchuk is 5th all-time in overtime goals scored (14), and 18th all time in goals per game average (.511). He is the 5th highest scoring Russian in NHL history.
  3. 3. Internationally, Kovalchuk has played for Russia in the IIHF World U18 Championship, World Junior Championship, World Championship, World Cup and Winter Olympics, highlighted by back-to-back gold medals in the 2008 and 2009 World Championship. Kovalchuk was nominated for the Calder Memorial Trophy as league rookie-of-the-year. He is a three-time NHL All-Star and won the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy as the league's leading goal-scorer in 2004 in a three-way tie with Jarome Iginla and Rick Nash.
  4. 4. Kovalchuk played for Russia in: 2002 Winter Olympics (bronze) 2003 World Championships 2004 World Cup of Hockey 2005 World Championships (bronze) 2006 Winter Olympics 2007 World Championships (bronze) 2008 World Championships (gold) 2009 World Championships (gold) 2010 Winter Olympics 2010 World Championships (silver) 2011 World Championships 2013 World Championships
  5. 5. Awards and achievements: 2002 NHL YoungStars Game – (MVP) NHL All-Rookie Team – 2002 NHL First All-Star Team – 2012 NHL Second All-Star Team – 2004 NHL All-Star Game – 2004, 2008, 2009 KHL All-Star Game – 2012 2003-04 NHL Season – Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy – (41*) 2003-04 NHL Season – Kharlamov Trophy (Top Russian Player in the NHL) 2011–12 NHL Season – NHL Leader in Shootout Goals (11) 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs – Goal Scoring Leader (8) (tied) 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs – Prince of Wales Trophy winner (IIHF) 2008 World Championship – Gold Medal (IIHF) 2009 World Championship – Gold Medal (IIHF) 2009 World Championship – (MVP) (IIHF) 2010 World Championship – Leading Scorer (Points) (12) (IIHF) 2013 World Championship – Goal Scoring Leader (8) (tied) 2014 Winter Olympics ambassador for Russia
  6. 6. Regular season and playoffs
  7. 7. International competitions

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