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2006-07 Ilya Kovalchuk Atlanta Thrashers Game Worn Jersey Photo Match Team Letter
Lot #87

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2006-07 Ilya Kovalchuk Atlanta Thrashers Game Worn Jersey Photo Match Team Letter
Lot #87
This road white air-knit gamer by CCM was worn by Ilya Kovalchuk during the 2006-07 NHL season. The Atlanta Thrashers selected Kovalchuk with the 1st overall pick in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. This Russian native made his NHL debut in 2001-02 with Atlanta where he spent the first 8 years of his NHL career. The Thrashers dealt Kovalchuk to the New Jersey Devils in 2009-10 and Ilya played for parts of four seasons with the Devils that included a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2012. Half a season later, with 11 years of NHL service in tow, Ilya abruptly left the NHL to play for St. Petersburg in the KHL. Kovalchuk dominated the Russian League for 6 seasons before agreeing to a deal with the Los Angeles Kings and returning to the NHL in 2018. Since returning, Kovalchuk played for the Kings, Canadiens and Capitals before again returning to Russia to continue his career.

To Ilya’s credit are a pair of 50-goal seasons and three additional 40-goal seasons. Kovalchuk has played in three NHL All Star Games, has 1st and a 2nd Team NHL All Star selections to his credit and was the winner of the 2003-04 Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy as the NHL’s leading goal scorer. Ilya’s international resume is lengthy and impressive with appearances in the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, a dozen World Championships that includes three Gold Medals as well as four Olympics spanning 2002-2018 where in his most recent appearance, he captured his first Olympic Gold Medal.

The game wear on this 3rd set size 52 sweater is solid and consists of stick and slash marks, board burns, board paint transfer, un-repaired burn holes, washed out bloodstains, material pulls and inner pilling. Shown above is a beautiful photo match of Kovalchuk wearing this exact jersey during the 2006-07 season. On the chest is a bold black sharpie signature in Kovalchuk’s own hand. Sewn to the inside hem is the official NHL game worn jersey tagging. A well-worn photo matched example of this perennial NHL All Star. This jersey will be accompanied by a Thrashers team letter.