Kovalchuk's Mom: Time in KHL During Lockout Strongly Influenced Decision

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Kovalchuk's Mom: Time in KHL During Lockout Strongly Influenced Decision
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When the lockout happened, Ilya Kovalchuk took the opportunity to play for SKA St. Petersburg of the Kontinental Hockey League. He returned to the New Jersey Devils when the work stoppage happened, but it looks like his time there was a key factor in his decision to walk away from the NHL.

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