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Alex Kovalev
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Alex Kovalev  #27

Florida Panthers  Right Wing
NUMBER: 27 BIRTHDATE: February 24, 1973  (AGE 41)
HEIGHT: 6' 2" BIRTHPLACE: Togliatti, Russia
WEIGHT: 222 DRAFTED: NYR / 1991 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 1st   (15th overall)

2012-13: Scored GW goal Jan. 31 vs WPG...Scored a goal and added two assists in his Panthers debut Jan. 19 vs. CAR.

WJC-A All-Star Team (1992) NHL Second All-Star Team (2008) Played in NHL All-Star Game (2001, 2003, 2009) Traded to Pittsburgh by NY Rangers with Harry York for Petr Nedved, Chris Tamer and Sean Pronger, November 25, 1998. Traded to NY Rangers by Pittsburgh with Mike Wilson, Janne Laukkanen and Dan LaCouture for Joel Bouchard, Richard Lintner, Rico Fata and Mikael Samuelsson, February 10, 2003. Traded to Montreal by NY Rangers for Jozef Balej and Montreal's 2nd round choice (Bruce Graham) in 2004 Entry Draft, March 2, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Kazan (Russia), November 3, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Ottawa, July 6, 2009. Traded to Pittsburgh by Ottawa for Pittsburgh's 7th round choice (Ryan Dzingel) in 2011 Entry Draft, February 24, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Mytischi (KHL), July 29, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Florida, January 18, 2013. Officially announced his retirement, March 21, 2013. Signed as a free agent by Visp (Swiss), June 10, 2013. Officially announced his retirement, July 3, 2014.
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The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.

— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres