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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 32)
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'm very excited about what happened today. We've worked on this deal with Toronto for a month, or over a month. It got a little bit of legs on draft day, but it really heated up last night, and we were able to complete the deal today.

— Penguins GM Jim Rutherford on Phil Kessel, who he acquired from the Maple Leafs in a trade on Wednesday