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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)
Kovalchuk, having won a bronze medal at 2002 Olympics and placing fourth in 2006, joins five teammates competing for Russia in their third Olympic Games – Ilya Bryzgalov, Maxim Afinogenov, Pavel Datsyuk, Sergei Fedorov and Andrei Markov (Sergei Gonchar is playing in his fourth).

At the 2008 World Championship, he scored the gold medal winning goal, his second of the game, in a 5-4 overtime win over Canada. In 2009, Kovalchuk led Russia to their second straight World Championship gold medal over Canada, logging 30:33 minutes of ice-time in the final game and was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.

Since competing in the World Junior Championship in 2001, he has represented Russia at eight international tournaments, collecting three bronze medals and two gold -- two Olympics (2002 - bronze, 2006), five World Championships (2003, 2005 - bronze, 2007 - bronze, 2008 - gold, 2009 - gold) and one World Cup (2004).
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