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Alex Kovalev
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Alex Kovalev  #27

Florida Panthers  Right Wing
NUMBER: 27 BIRTHDATE: February 24, 1973  (AGE 41)
HEIGHT: 6' 2" BIRTHPLACE: Togliatti, Russia
WEIGHT: 222 DRAFTED: NYR / 1991 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 1st   (15th overall)

2012-13: Scored GW goal Jan. 31 vs WPG...Scored a goal and added two assists in his Panthers debut Jan. 19 vs. CAR.

WJC-A All-Star Team (1992) NHL Second All-Star Team (2008) Played in NHL All-Star Game (2001, 2003, 2009) Traded to Pittsburgh by NY Rangers with Harry York for Petr Nedved, Chris Tamer and Sean Pronger, November 25, 1998. Traded to NY Rangers by Pittsburgh with Mike Wilson, Janne Laukkanen and Dan LaCouture for Joel Bouchard, Richard Lintner, Rico Fata and Mikael Samuelsson, February 10, 2003. Traded to Montreal by NY Rangers for Jozef Balej and Montreal's 2nd round choice (Bruce Graham) in 2004 Entry Draft, March 2, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Kazan (Russia), November 3, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Ottawa, July 6, 2009. Traded to Pittsburgh by Ottawa for Pittsburgh's 7th round choice (Ryan Dzingel) in 2011 Entry Draft, February 24, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Mytischi (KHL), July 29, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Florida, January 18, 2013. Officially announced his retirement, March 21, 2013. Signed as a free agent by Visp (Swiss), June 10, 2013. Officially announced his retirement, July 3, 2014.
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He seemed to thrive on his own and didn't really need any push from me. I certainly don't want to get in the way of the coaches. You see how that goes sometimes. I never really worried about it and just enjoyed the ride.

— David Ekblad on his son's [Aaron Ekblad] journey to the NHL, signing with the Florida Panthers