Ilya Kovalchuk

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  • Name: Ilya Kovalchuk ( Ilya Kovalchuk )
  • Date of birth: 13 April 1985
  • Age: 31 years
  • Place of birth: Kalinin
  • Height: 191
  • Activity: a Russian professional ice hockey player currently playing for SKA, member of the national team of Russia on hockey at the Olympics in Sochi
  • Marital status: Married

    Ilya Kovalchuk biography

    Famous hockey player Ilya Kovalchuk was born in Tver on 15 APR 1983. The boy’s father, Valery Kovalchuk, worked as a basketball coach, and later headed a School of the highest sports skill. Ilya’s mother, Lubov, was far from the sport. She was in charge of the district clinic. The name of the boy’s parents gave in honor of the famous hero Ilya Muromets in the hope that the child will grow up as strong and healthy, and Ilya has fully justified their hopes.

    Ilya Kovalchuk in childhood and now
    Ilya Kovalchuk in childhood and now |

    His father, as an athlete, hesitation in the choice between hockey and basketball, have determined for my son «hockey destiny.» From the age of four he started to take Ilya to the gym, where the boy, playing outdoor games, doing General physical preparation, and in 5 years my father gave the son in the hockey section of the friend of the coach Viktor Zhukov. Valery Nikolaevich took an active part in the training process, dealing with Ilya in addition to training in the section. He regularly took the boy to hockey games in Moscow. Thanks to the lessons father and I had worked out the famous «fist bump, which became a hallmark of Kovalchuk, and a year later the level of skills of Elijah was not equal in section.

    Ilya Kovalchuk in childhood
    Ilya Kovalchuk in childhood |

    Up to 5th class Ilya Kovalchuk studied at the normal school, then his father moved him to a sports boarding school. Since the age of 15, he studied at the Moscow school of Olympic reserve. While studying Kovalchuk actively participated in various tournaments and has performed at national competitions in the different teams of Tver. Ilya managed to score at this tournament in 1993, when he scored 33 goals, and was accepted into the Moscow «Dynamo». In 1994 already the children’s Spartak team in the competition in Minnesota (USA) Ilya Kovalchuk was named the best scorer. In overseas tournament, he scored 22 goals.


    The sports career of Kovalchuk is developing rapidly. At 16 he signed with Spartak Moscow his first professional contract without being in youth and in adult team. Hockey player Kovalchuk becomes the youngest player in Russian hockey League, and in 2000, participating with the team in «challenge Cup» that was held in Canada for hockey at the age of 17 years, he becomes the best player of this championship. Now his club has taken its place of honor in the hockey Hall of fame in Toronto.

    Ilya Kovalchuk
    Ilya Kovalchuk |

    In the same 2000-m to year in the composition of the Junior national team athlete won the silver medal. In 2001, the team managed to take the gold medal, while Ilya gets the title of top scorer of the tournament. At the same time, the debut of a young hockey player in the adult hockey. «Spartak» for which he played two seasons, gets to the majors. Notice the active player representatives of the NHL, he begins to play for the club, «Atlanta Thrashers». It is noteworthy that in the draft of the novice team in 2001, he was awarded the first number.

    Ilya Kovalchuk in the lineup
    Ilya Kovalchuk in the «Atlanta Thrashers» | Official website of Ilya Kovalchuk

    At the 2002 Olympics in salt lake city Kovalchuk, being a member of the national team of Russia receives the bronze medal and the title of Honored master of sports, and in 2003 the player already takes part in the world Championships for the national team and at the same time studying by correspondence at the Academy of physical culture on the individual program.

    In 2004, the Russian striker was the top scorer of the League. For his efficient play, he receives the prize «Maurice Richard Trophy». Also in 2004, Kovalchuk was recognized as the best representative of Russia in the NHL. In the forward part of Atlanta demonstrated the most effective game. In the 2005/2006 season, Kovalchuk managed to score on the system «goal+pass» 98 points (52+46). The next few seasons the Russian striker consistently remained on the leading positions in the ranking of the best scorers in the NHL, his stats and performances were one of the most productive in the League.

    Especially memorable for fans of the Russian team world championship 2008, which took place in Canada. At the ice arena in Quebec city and Halifax, the Russian team showed the best result, and thanks to a goal that Kovalchuk scored in the final match, the team won the gold. The film Champions the Directors decided to show how the famous hockey player has overcome a series of failures, having thrown a victorious washer in gate of Canadians.

    In 2010, Ilya Kovalchuk signed a contract for 15 years with the hockey club «new Jersey devils». The cost of this agreement with the American team was made up of $ 100 million. It would seem that America is quite a long time was supposed to be native for Elijah, but that did not happen. The Russian forward played for the «Devils» (the nickname «new Jersey devils») in just three seasons and to the surprise of many, announced his decision to leave the American club, has returned home.

    Ilya Kovalchuk in the lineup
    Ilya Kovalchuk in the «new Jersey devils» |

    This event literally rocked the world hockey community. Fans wanted to know what was the reason for such a radical decision. In the summer of 2013 Ilya began to play for SKA. The agreement with the Russian club was signed for four years.

    Ilya Kovalchuk in the composition of SKA
    Ilya Kovalchuk in the composition of SKA | Sport-Express

    Personal life

    His future wife is already known in Russia, the hockey, Kovalchuk said, when watched on TV on the music channel the music video of «Mirage». Striking blonde, the soloist of the group «Mirage» Nicole Ambrozaitis immediately attracted his attention, and he decided to meet her. First date, Ilya and Nicole spent in the cafe. The girl athlete liked immediately. She appreciated his self-confidence combined with a good education and modesty. The couple decided to tie the knot only after 7 years.

    After five years of marriage, the couple had a daughter, Caroline, and when she turned 2.5 years, Ilya Kovalchuk and Nicole were married. The solemn ceremony was held on 17 August 2007. Wedding celebration held first in Moscow and then repeated in Tver, where Ilya has left many friends. After a year, the lovers married. The ceremony took place in the Novodevichy convent.

    Wedding of Ilya Kovalchuk and Nicole Ambrozaitis
    Wedding of Ilya Kovalchuk and Nicole Ambrozaitis | Journal «TV Program»

    In 2009, the family of hockey player had increased, was born the son of Philip, and a year – Artem. When in 2010, Kovalchuk signed a contract with «new Jersey devils», the family went to live in America to be closer to her husband and father. Nicole for a career husband has abandoned plans to become a singer and completely devoted herself to raising children. In January 2014, a daughter, eve.

    Ilya Kovalchuk with children Caroline, Phillip and Artem | woman’s Day

    Sochi Olympics

    Winter Olympics 2014 Ilya Kovalchuk was considered the main event in his professional career. The fans expected from the Russian team win, but it never happened. 5-th place in Sochi – a total failure for the Russian national team. In many ways, these negative results associated with Ilya Kovalchuk’s injury, as in the match against Slovakia Ilya injured his knee.

    Ilya Kovalchuk team Russia at the Olympics in Sochi | Baykal24

    Kovalchuk in the team lost the lead

    In 2015 the world championship in the Czech Republic famous forward successfully acted as captain of team Russia. Thanks to his efforts, the Russians were able to take second place in the tournament. It would seem that before the idol of millions will be able to lead the team to new victories, but this assumption was wrong.

    In 2016, Ilya Kovalchuk was not included in the application for the home world championship. The coaching staff, analyzing the game legendary hockey player, decided not to invite him to national team. In December 2015 led by Kovalchuk’s team took fourth place at the Cup of the First channel, and the forward scored the unsteady performance and scoring a brace against team Finland. Achievements at the world championship in the Czech Republic is not appreciated, as the striker began to lose his shape, and played for SKA «Covey» (nickname Ilya Kovalchuk) quite often did not score.

    Ilya Kovalchuk
    Ilya Kovalchuk |

    With the coach of the Russian national team Oleg Znarka any differences, such a situation is explained by a simple logic of candidate selection in the squad. The lack of practice responsible games in the KHL is the main reason why Ilya was not given the opportunity to play for the main team of the country.

    According to the American media, during speeches in the National hockey League, Ilya had a dispute. Bob Hartley, who led the «Trashers», have repeatedly stated that the striker is in no hurry to return to the defense, and also contributes to the defence on the last turn. Sometimes canadian coach tried to influence Kovalchuk sharp decrease in playing time, but still significant incidents of this kind in the career of a great hockey player.


    Ilya Kovalchuk in childhood

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