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Ilya Kovalchuk
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Ilya Kovalchuk  #17

New Jersey Devils  Right Wing
NUMBER: 17 BIRTHDATE: April 15, 1983  (AGE 31)
HEIGHT: 6' 3" BIRTHPLACE: Tver, Russia
WEIGHT: 230 DRAFTED: ATL / 2001 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Right ROUND: 1st   (1st overall)
AwardsSeasons
Maurice Richard Trophy 2003-2004
NHL All-Rookie Team (2002) NHL Second All-Star Team (2004) Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy (2004) (tied with Jarome Iginla and Rick Nash) NHL First All-Star Team (2012) Played in NHL All-Star Game (2004, 2008, 2009) Signed as a free agent by Kazan (Russia) August 22, 2004. Traded to New Jersey by Atlanta with Anssi Salmela and Atlanta's 2nd round choice (Jonathon Merrill) in 2010 Entry Draft for Johnny Oduya, Niclas Bergfors, Patrice Cormier and New Jersey's 1st (later traded to Chicago - Chicago selected Kevin Hayes) and 2nd (later traded to Chicago - Chicago selected Justin Holl) round choices in 2010 Entry Draft, February 4, 2010. Signed as a free agent by St. Petersburg (KHL), September 15, 2012. Officially announced his retirement from the NHL, July 11, 2013. Signed as a free agent by St. Petersburg (KHL), July 15, 2013.
Quote of the Day

I was surprised. I knew I got it. It's tough. You never know how hard it is until it registers on the gun. I got pretty much all I could into and you just hope for the best.

— Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber after winning the AMP NHL Hardest Shot event at the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition