Player Profile: Ilya Kovalchuk

Ilya KovalchukNUMBER: 17
HEIGHT: 6′ 3″
WEIGHT: 230
POSITION: Left Wing
SHOOTS: Right
BORN: April 18, 1983
BIRTHPLACE: Tver, Russia

Before Ilya Kovalchuk was the Atlanta Thrashers’ number one pick in 2001, he played two seasons in Russia for HC Spartak Moscow. When his NHL career began he was nominated for the Calder Memorial Trophy as league rookie-of-the-year. He has since then made three NHL All-Star appearances and won the Rocket Richard Trophy as the league’s leading goal scorer in 2004.

Kovalchuk was traded to the New Jersey Devils in February of 2010 after eight seasons with the Thrashers. After multiple contract offers and some controversial deals, Kovalchuk signed a 15 year, $100 million contract with the Devils.

After a slow first half of the season, Kovalchuk started to get back on his game and lit up. He had multiple streaks throughout the season and plenty of game winning goals (9 to be exact, 50 in his entire career). It was against the Leafs that he scored a game winning goal to give coach Jacques Lemaire his 600th win. In April of 2011, Kovalchuk played his 700th career game (again, against the Maple Leafs!) and got his 700th point on the same night.

He finished his first full season with the Devils with 31 goals and 29 assists for 60 points.

Kovalchuk has played in several IIHF World Championships, the World Cup and the Winter Olympics collecting a few gold, silver and bronze medals since 2001. Playing for Team Russia in this year’s IIHF World Championship sent him home with another silver medal.

We love having him on our team and look forward to watching him keep playing in red. I like to call him Goalvalchuk, what’s your nickname of choice?

2010-2011 Season Stats
GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
81 31 29 60 -26 28 9 0 9 245 12.7
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Posted on June 8, 2011, in New Jersey Devils, NHL, Player Profile and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Depends in the situation what I call him.
    When We needed timely goal aka whole 2nd half to take lead-KovalClutch

    when he scored amazing goal ie, vs rangers. goalvalchuk.

    In OT vs leafs(dion aulie vs kovy to score blocker side) people called Reimer OptomusReim…well I called him- KovalTron (yes it’s lame :p

  2. KOVALCLUTCH!!!

  3. This year he was more kovaclutch than govalchuk, a ton of his goals in the second half were so clutch. Next year, I’m hoping to watch a 50 goal scorer, that would be fun.

  4. I liked to call him Kovalclutch! :D

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