Ilya Kovalchuk: a look back

Ilya Kovalchuk through the years

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On July 11th, 2013, 30-year-old New Jersey Devils winger Ilya Kovalchuk stunned the hockey world by announcing his retirement from the NHL, with $77 million left on his contract.

It's a bizarre finish to a spectacular career.

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