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Kovalchuk signs with SKA St. Petersburg

NHL.com

New Jersey Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk signed with SKA St. Petersburg of the Kontinental Hockey League on Tuesday.

Kovalchuk was sixth in the NHL during the 2011-12 season with 37 goals and fifth with 83 points, and had 19 points in 23 games to help the Devils reach the Stanley Cup Final, despite playing through a back injury.

A native of Tver, Russia, Kovalchuk played for Spartak Moscow before he was chosen by the Atlanta Thrashers with the first pick of the 2001 NHL Draft.

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