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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
Has points in 3 straight games Apr. 21-25 (current, 1g-3a-4pts) with 1g-1a-2pts Apr. 25 vs. Pit. (GWG), PPA on GWG Apr. 23 vs. Mtl. &  1a Apr. 21 at NYR...Returned to lineup Apr. 20 vs. Fla.;  missed 11 contests Mar. 25-Apr. 18 (shoulder)...Posted season-high 6-game point-scoring stretch Feb. 7-16 (3g-7a-10pts)…Also had points in 5 straight Mar. 5-13 (3g-3a-6pts), 4 straight Jan. 19-27 (2g-3a-5pts); as well as 3 straight twice & back-to-back once…Recorded 5 multiple-point games, including season-high 3a/pts Feb. 15 vs. Phi. &  2g Mar. 9 at Car…Also has 2 1g-1a games & 1 2a effort…Leads NHL with career-high 4 SHG…Appeared in his 800th career NHL game/posted assist Mar. 2 at Buf.;  reached 800pt mark with PPA Feb. 16 at NYI...Stats include 14th career OT goal Jan. 25 vs. Wsh...Notched 18g-23a-41pts in 35 games with StP. (KHL)...2011-12:  Named to NHL 1st All-Star Team…Led Devils with 37g, 83pts &  10 PPG;  point-total was 5th in NHL…Established NHL record with 7 GDG.
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.

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round