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2011-12 Ilya Kovalchuk New Jersey Devils Game Worn Jersey - Retro Night - Photo Match - Team Letter
Lot #105

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2011-12 Ilya Kovalchuk New Jersey Devils Game Worn Jersey - Retro Night - Photo Match - Team Letter
Lot #105
This red, white and green gamer by Reebok was worn by Ilya Kovalchuk on “Retro Night” March 17th, 2012. Kovalchuk was the first overall selection in the 2001 NHL draft by the Atlanta Thrashers. In his rookie season of 2001-02, he finished 2nd in the Calder trophy voting to teammate Dany Heatley. With 10 years of NHL experience under his belt, Ilya has already scored 400+ goals and better than a point per game. He has two 50-goal seasons and three more 40-goal seasons thus far to his credit. He has played in three NHL All Star games, has been named a 1st and a 2nd Team NHL All Star and has won the Maurice "Rocket" Richard trophy as the NHL’s leading goal scorer. Furthermore, Ilya’s international resume continues to impress with appearances in the World Cup of Hockey, numerous World Championships and two Olympic games. 

Worn during a year that saw Kovalchuk earn his first ever 1st Team NHL All Star selection, Ilya donned this throwback styled gamer in front of a sellout hometown crowd on March 17th 2012. On this night, the New Jersey Devils wore their old-school colors for the first time that year and for only the 3rd time since the color scheme was retired in 1992. The 2011-12 season saw Ilya lead the NHL in shootout goals with 11, which is an NHL record. He also had 7 game deciding shootout goals, another NHL record. Ilya then went on to lead the NHL in playoff goals with 8 as he led the Devils to the Stanley Cup Finals last spring.

Proudly sewn to the left breast of this gamer is the alternate Captain’s “A”. One game’s worth of wear adorns this size 58 Retro set sweater. Shown above is a beautiful photo match of Kovalchuk wearing this exact jersey on March 17, 2012. Sewn to the inside hem is the official NHL game worn jersey tagging. This jersey will be accompanied by a Devils team letter.