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Ilya Kovalchuk


Russian hockey player Ilya KovalchukIlya Kovalchuk, a prolific scoring left-winger, is the first Russian hockey player in history to be selected first overall in the NHL entry draft. The top pick of the Atlanta Thrashers, Kovalchuk went on to play eight seasons with the team, earning a nomination for rookie-of-the-year (2001-2002) and a Rocket Richard Trophy for the league's leading goal scorer (2003-2004). Atlanta's number 17 (worn in honor of Soviet hockey superstar Valeri Kharlamov), also earned himself three trips to the NHL all-star game (2004, 2008 and 2009). In 2010, after turning down two lucrative contract offers from the Thrashers (12 year/$101 million and 7 year/ $70 million respectively), Kovalchuk was traded to the New Jersey Devils.



Ilya Kovalchuk Facts


Position: Left Wing

Shoots: Right

Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)

Weight: 230 lbs (104 kg)

Date of Birth: April 15, 1983

Place of Birth: Tver, USSR

NHL Entry Draft: 1st overall, 2001

Professional Hockey Teams

  • Moscow Spartak (1999-01)
  • Atlanta Thrashers (2001-10)
  • Kazan Ak Bars (2004-05)
  • Moscow Khimik (2005-06)
  • New Jersey Devils (2010-___)




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Ilya Kovalchuk Awards & Records


National Hockey League (NHL)

  • 2002 NHL All-Rookie Team
  • 2002 NHL YoungStars Game MVP
  • NHL All-Star Game
    • 2004, 2008, 2009
  • 2004 Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy
    • annual award for leading goal scorer
    • 41 goals (shared with Jarome Iginla, Rick Nash)
  • 2004 Kharlamov Trophy
    • given to the most valuable Russian NHL player
  • Atlanta Thrashers Most Goals in a Single Season
    • 52 goals (2005-06, 2007-08)


International Hockey

  • 2001 World U18 Championships: Team Russia Gold
  • 2008 World Championship: Team Russia Gold Medal
  • 2009 World Championship: Team Russia Gold Medal
  • 2009 World Championship: Tournament MVP



Ilya Kovalchuk - Top 10 Goals



Ilya Kovalchuk vs. Bryan McCabe



Ilya Kovalchuk Statistics