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Video: Kovalchuk hurt after open-ice collision with teammate Ponikarovsky

Oct 1, 2013, 9:10 AM EDT

Ilya Kovalchuk’s post-NHL career has taken an unfortunate turn.

In just his ninth game with KHL St. Petersburg, Kovalchuk was carrying the puck into the attacking zone when his teammate, Alexei Ponikarovsky, drove into him. The accidental open-ice hit injured Kovalchuk’s shoulder and will cause him to miss about four weeks, according to Andrey Osadchenko and Sovetsky Sport’s Natalia Phila.

You can view the collision below:

Ponikarovsky, like Kovalchuk, was a member of the New Jersey Devils last season. Of course, Kovalchuk’s departure got far more attention given his status as an elite player and the fact that he “retired” to get out of the final 12 seasons of his 15-year, $110 million contract. Although he consequently walked away from $77 million, it’s worth noting that the move might have actually been to his financial benefit.

Kovalchuk has seven goals and 10 points this season and he should be a key player on Team Russia in the upcoming Winter Olympics.

  1. hockey412 - Oct 1, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    Good luck not being rushed back onto the ice, Ilya.

    • 950003cups - Oct 1, 2013 at 11:26 AM

      For the money they’re paying him, it’s obviously coming from one mans pocket. It’s definitely NOT coming from ticket sales. Although the NHL just held 16% of players salaries in escrow, they’re not getting any of it back. That’s the deal they agreed to. That’s 50% of total HRR. So maybe Kovy was bothered by that. However what he should be more bothered by is that his contract is not guaranteed. None of them are in the Kremlin Hockey League. If Kovy were injured, he’d lose his money and he knows that. He’s not acting like a greedy guy. He’s acting like a fool in love.

  2. dipthatchip - Oct 1, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    first

    • sabatimus - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:03 AM

      Hmm…musta been you who thumbed up your own comment, given the time stamp.

      • ibieiniid - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:47 AM

        yeah he called first on that too i bet.

    • hockeyflow33 - Oct 1, 2013 at 1:50 PM

      What year is this?

  3. dueman - Oct 1, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Nice arena! There’s more people at the Windsor Spitfires games I go to…lol.

    • 950003cups - Oct 1, 2013 at 11:38 AM

      Those SKA jerseys look disturbingly similar to rags jerseys.

  4. esracerx46 - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    He was back 3 minutes later in the game…. I think. My Russian is not so good. Some language they have there.

  5. buffhockeynutt - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    haha, he got ‘Scott Stevens’d’ by his teammate. Good for ya!

  6. esracerx46 - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Karma anyone? Although, I do think the Devils, while probably didn’t orchestrate his retirement. They didn’t really seem to mind as much as they should have

  7. huhsj - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    In Soviet Russia teammate hits you

  8. ibieiniid - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    who thinks the Devs sent Ponik to assassinate Kovy?

    ::In my best DeNiro voice::
    “The Lamoriello family of North Jersey sends their deepest respect. Hopefully nuttin’ happens to ya legs, upon ya return.”

    • ibieiniid - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:34 AM

      i think “deepest respect” wasn’t the right term… but you get the idea. i really gotta brush up on my mafia-speak.

  9. mattyo99 - Oct 1, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Kovalchuk probaly got tired of the NHLs and Bettman’s greed, i kinda don’t blame him for going home. Imagine being American playing in Russia for years and you have a opprotunity to go home and play for about the same $$..he did the devils a favor, cause there broke anyway and there fans are weak

    • nj666 - Oct 1, 2013 at 11:21 AM

      wow you’re stupid.

      • 950003cups - Oct 1, 2013 at 11:33 AM

        Broke? Lol. As of now the Devils have as much money as the Rangers do. Difference is we have Lamoriello and you have Sather. That’s why your fan base will always be low class. Your fan base plays 2nd fiddle to the Knicks. Not even your owner cares about the rangers. LOL!!

        Good luck with never seeing a cup finals ever again!

    • jessejames182 - Oct 1, 2013 at 11:38 AM

      did you just go full retard?

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