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BREAKING: Ilya Kovalchuk Officially Comes Out Of Retirement

Published December 25, 2023 at 10:38
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Former first-overall pick Ilya Kovalchuk has officially come out of retirement two years after originally hanging up the skates.

Ilya Kovalchuk Makes a Surprise Comeback with Spartak Moscow in the KHL



In a surprising twist, former first-overall pick Ilya Kovalchuk has officially reversed his decision to retire from professional hockey and rejoined Spartak Moscow in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).




After announcing his retirement in 2021, Kovalchuk couldn't resist the call of the game and decided to hit the ice again with Spartak Moscow.

In his comeback game, the 40-year-old wasted no time making an impact, scoring an empty-net goal.


Despite an impressive NHL career with 443 goals and 876 points in 946 games, Kovalchuk chose to return to Russia following a lockout instead of staying in North America for his prime years. His return adds a unique chapter to his storied hockey journey.

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