FILE - In this May 25, 2012, file photo, New Jersey Devils' Ilya Kovalchuk, of Russia, celebrates in front of fans after scoring a goal during Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Easte

 

              FILE - In this May 25, 2012, file photo, New Jersey Devils
FILE - In this May 25, 2012, file photo, New Jersey Devils' Ilya Kovalchuk, of Russia, celebrates in front of fans after scoring a goal during Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference finals against the New York Rangers, in Newark, N.J. Kovalchuk is retiring from the NHL and returning to Russia. The Devils announced the stunning news Thursday afternoon, July 11, 2013, in a statement, saying that the 30-year-old Kovalchuk had alerted general manager and president Lou Lamoriello earlier this year that he wanted to return home with his family after 11 seasons in the NHL. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)