Team Russia forward Ilya Kovalchuk officially became an SKA player. He will play under number 17.
Before moving to the NHL, Ilya Kovalchuk had played for Moscow's Spartak. He was selected first overall in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft by Atlanta Thrashers. During the previous lockout, he had played 50 games and recorded 42 points with HC Ak Bars, Kazan'.
In 2010, Kovalchuk left Atlanta to join the New Jersey Devils, where he's been plating for the last three seasons. All in all, Ilya Kovalchuk has played more than 800 games in the NHL, producing more than a point per game on average.
Ilya Kovalchuk is a 2002 Winter Olympic Games bronze medalist, a two-time World champion (in 2008 and 2009), and a 2001 World U-18 Championship winner. In 2001, he was named the best forward at the World U-18 Championship. In 2004, Kovalchuk received the Maurice Richard Trophy (to the leading goal scorer in the NHL) and the Kharlamov Trophy (to the most valuable Russian NHL player).
Ilya Kovalchuk is a three-time NHL All-Star (in 2004, 2008 and 2009), the 2010 World Championship most productive player, the 2009 World Championship MVP and All-Star, a 2012 NHL First All Star.
In SKA the forward will wear number 17.