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Ilya Kovalchuk

Ilya Kovalchuk  #17

New Jersey Devils  Right Wing
NUMBER: 17 BIRTHDATE: April 15, 1983  (AGE 32)
HEIGHT: 6' 3" BIRTHPLACE: Tver, Russia
WEIGHT: 230 DRAFTED: ATL / 2001 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Right ROUND: 1st   (1st overall)
<span class="txt18Strg">All-Star Profile </span><br /> <br /> <a href="#quick"><b>QUICK FACTS</b></a><br /> <a href="#he"><b>HE SAID IT</b></a><br /> <a href="#they"><b>THEY SAID IT</b></a><br /> <a href="#news"><b>IN THE NEWS</b></a><br /> <a href="#video"><b>VIDEO FEATURES</b></a><br /> <br /> <a name="quick"></a><b>QUICK FACTS</b><br /> Playing in his seventh NHL season, all with Atlanta, Kovalchuk is the Thrashers' career leader in goals, assists, points, game-winning goals, power-play goals and shots. He appeared in his 500th career NHL game on Dec. 23 at Long Island and his two assists that night marked the 500th and 501st points of his career. He posted his second career 50-goal season in 2007-08, ranking second in the NHL and tying a single-season career high with 52. The first overall selection in the 2001 Entry Draft is the only player in the NHL who has scored 40 or more goals in each of the past four seasons. He entered this season as the NHL's leading goal-scorer since joining the League as an 18-year-old in 2001-02. <br /> <br /> In international play, Kovalchuk was the hero of Russia's 5-4 overtime victory over Canada in the gold medal game at the 2008 IIHF World Championships at Quebec City in May. He tallied the game-tying goal with 5:14 remaining in the third period and added the championship winner at 2:42 of overtime. Kovalchuk helped Russia capture gold at the World Championships for the first time since 1993. <br /> <br /> Kovalchuk has a notable history at All-Star Weekend: He scored six goals and earned MVP honors in the inaugural YoungStars Game in 2002; led all vote-getters in All-Star fan balloting in 2004: and was named to the starting lineup for the Eastern Conference last season in front of his home fans at Philips Arena in Atlanta, substituting for injured Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby. <br /> <br /> <a name="he"></a><b>HE SAID IT</b><br /> On winning the 2008 World Championship for Russia: &quot;It was a tremendous experience. Scoring the clinching-goal felt great, but winning was special. The fans went wild back home. When we got back to Russia it was one big celebration. They were so excited.&quot; <br /> <br /> <a name="they"></a><b>THEY SAID IT</b><br /> Thrashers goaltender Johan Hedberg: &quot;Actually it's not that important who his center is. He's not a winger who is going to sit out there, waiting for the centerman to get him the puck. He's going to grab the puck and go and try to score.&quot; <br /> <br /> <a name="news"></a><b>IN THE NEWS</b><br /> <a target="_blank" href="">Kovalchuk can say 'All-Star' for the third time</a><br /> <a target="_blank" href="">Kovalchuk's C for Challenge</a><br /> <a href="" target="_blank">Ilya Kovalchuk's ready to lead</a><br /> <br /> <a name="video"></a><b>VIDEO FEATURES</b><br /> <a href=";id=28964">ThrashersTV: Kovy's Krew program</a><br /> <a href=";id=3396">ThrashersTV: Kovalchuk video</a><br /> <br /> <span class="txt14Strg">Career All-Star Game Statistics </span> <div style="border: 1px solid rgb(161, 161, 161); margin: 4px 0px; padding: 0px; float: left; width: 660px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);" id="asstatsbox"> <table width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="2" border="0" class="asstat"> <tbody> <tr class="headrw"> <td>SEASON</td> <td>TEAM</td> <td>Score</td> <td>R</td> <td align="center">GP</td> <td align="center">G</td> <td align="center">A</td> <td align="center">PTS</td> <td align="center">+/-</td> <td align="center">PIM</td> <td align="center">PP</td> <td align="center">SH</td> <td align="center">GW</td> <td align="center">SOG</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2003-04</td> <td>East</td> <td>6-4</td> <td>W</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">-1</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center" class="right">5</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2007-08</td> <td>East</td> <td>8-7</td> <td>W</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">-3</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center" class="right">6</td> </tr> <tr class="totrw"> <td colspan="4">All-Star Totals</td> <td align="center">2</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">2</td> <td align="center">-4</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center" class="right">11</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> <script type="text/javascript">jQuery(function(){ jQuery('#asstatsbox').corner('6px'); });</script>
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Life's about opportunity and how you respond to that opportunity, and obviously he must have some swagger about him, some confidence about him, because he was solid. He made some good saves. He was 6-foot-3 on every shot, which is a good thing for a goalie. He played well. We got a win.

— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock on rookie goaltender Garret Sparks, who made 24 saves in his first NHL start, a 3-0 win vs. Oilers
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