AFP News –
One of Russia’s greatest ice hockey superstars, Ilya Kovalchuk has signed the four-year contract with Continental Hockey League (KHL) club SKA Saint-Petersburg, as he returns in order to his homeland following a stint in the NHL, the actual club announced on Mon.
“We’re happy to announce that the club signed a contract with international ahead Kovalchuk, ” the club declaration stated.
Earlier this month, Kovalchuk, declared his decision in order to part ways with National Hockey League (NHL) club Nj Devils, where he has performed since 2010.
The actual 30-year-old left winger chose to go back to Russia even though their contract with Nj was legitimate until 2025.
Two-time world champion and the year 2002 Olympic bronze medallist Kovalchuk has played 816 suits in the NHL and also collected 816 factors (417 goals/ 399 assists).
The actual president of SKA, business person Gennady Timchenko that is a friend of President Vladimir Putin, made welcome Kovalchuk’s arrival which he said might also boost the image of the actual pan-European KHL.
“Our goal is the constant development of the actual club. To be able to continue growing and earn, we have to attain the right range, ” he stated.
“Ilya has shown himself to be a innovator on and off the ice, ” he additional.
Russia’s sports bosses are keen to motivate Russian based NHL stars in the future home as Moscow seeks to expand the actual KHL and prepares to host the actual 2014 Winter season Olympics at Sochi.