Ilja Walerjewitsch Kowaltschuk

Ilja Walerjewitsch Kowaltschuk, Russian: ИльяВалерьевичКовальчук; English Ilya Kovalchuk; * 15. April 1983, in Twer, Russia) is a Russian ice hockey player (left wing player), who plays Hockey League since October 2001 in that national with the Atlanta Thrashers.

Kovalchuk was draft selected in June 2001 of the Thrashers as the totalfirst of the NHL entry . He was thereby the first Russian, who was in the first place pulled. Already as 18-jähriger Rookie it provided in the first NHL season with its spectacular gates fast for headlines. Its so far best season played it 2003/04, when it obtained 87 points and 41 gates and together with Jarome Iginla and Rick Nash as a best goal scorer that Season of the NHL was regularly distinguished. Kovalchuk carries the back number 17 as acknowledgment of its Idols Waleri Charlamow, for a former Soviet superstar from the 70's.

While the season 2004/05 Kovalchuk played due to the NHL Lockouts with the Russian club AC bars Kazan' in the Russian superleague, where he stood with many other NHL star like its team comrade Dany Heatley, in addition, with Nikolai Chabibulin , Alexei Kowaljow , Vincent Lecavalier under contract.

To 8. October 2005 signed Kovalchuk a five-annual contract with the Atlanta Thrashers. It becomes $ 32 million and/or. nearly $ 6.5 million in the year earn, so much still no other player before it with 22 years got.


successes/honors

statistics

season association league GP T A Pkt PIM GP T A Pkt PIM
2001/02 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 65 29 22 51 28 - - - - -
2002/03 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 81 38 29 67 57 - - - - -
2003/04 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 81 41 46 87 63 - - - - -
2004/05 AC bars Kazan' RSL 53 19 22 41 70 4 0 1 1 0
2005/06 Mytishi Khimik RSL 11 8 5 13 24 0 0 0 0 0
2005/06 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 78 52 46 98 68 - - - - -
NHL entire 305 ,160 ,143 ,303 ,216 - - - - -

legend for the player statistics:

FR or GP = plays altogether; T or G = obtained gates; A = Assists obtained; Pkt or Pts = obtained Scorerpunkte; SM or PIM = punishing minutes; Min. = played minutes


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