Sunday, 14 July 2013

Kovalchuk’s “retirement” reminiscent of Lemaire


The sudden "retirement" of Ilya Kovalchuk to the KHL caught many off guard this past week, despite the fact it appears the Devils’ winger had made his plans awware to the organization months ahead.

Of course this is not the first time a player has left the NHL for another league, for one reason or another. It has happened many times in the seventies, when money lured players to the WHA, and more recently as Russian players return home to play in the KHL. Kovalchuk just adds to the list.

The Montreal Canadiens had a surprising retirement of their own, in the off-season of 1979, as the seventies dynasty began to dismantle.