Kovalchuk to play in Russia during lockout

September, 17, 2012
9/17/12
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New Jersey's Ilya Kovalchuk will return to his native Russia to play throughout the NHL lockout. Kovalchuk's agent confirmed to ESPNNewYork.com that the 29-year-old sniper will join SKA St. Petersburg and begin playing Sept. 23.

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Katie Strang covers the NHL for ESPN.com. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
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