Thanks for everything Ilya, it was quite the thrill ride since I arrived in Atlanta in 2002 and you made watching hockey so enjoyable albeit emotional ! Good luck with the Devils, I'll be sure to cheer for you come April...
Ilya Kovalchuk is the reason most of my friends are Thrashers fans. As kids, we would play street hockey for hours and hours (but, it's the South! NO HOCKEY!). Whenever someone would score, we would always joke about being Jagr, or whatever. But when Kovalchuk was drafted, everyone wanted to be Ilya.
I have far too many memories of Kovy to name, and it's a little surreal that he won't be playing on Saturday. He's not going to come back from injury, or show back up in the warmups, or even joke with fans at practice. No, he wasn't a complete player, but he was a better player than this franchise will ever see again. Good luck Kovy, and may the nostalgia bug bite you so you come back home on July 1.
I hope you`ll come back someday.
I`m from Germany, so following the NHL is not a normal thing at all, but Ilya made me get up at 1 o`clock in the middle of the night, and become an honest thrashers fan in the 5 years i`ve followed them!
Was a thrill everytime you got on the ice for us!
I`d love to see you back someday!
Thanks for the memories!
I was barely in middle school when the Thrashers game to town. Even though I was younger and didn't have anyone to teach me the game, I still followed what I could on TV. It took me YEARS to convince my parents to actually take me to a game, and the #1 game on this youtube against the Hurricanes was my first NHL game. We had seats on the ice, and I saw Kovy score that ridiculous goal up close and personal. We lost, but that goal was all it took to take me from casual fan to hockey addict.
Maybe at some point down the line the Thrashers will get their act together and Kovy will come back. In the mean time, I wish him luck, and I'll be rooting for him and the Devils this year.
Originally Posted by Bizz06
No offense, but if a superstar on the Sharks turned down an offer like the one that was reported for Kovalchuk, the player would be booed to no end here.
Well, unlike the Thrashers, the Sharks actually have a pretty stable, successful franchise, so I don't think you can really compare the two situations.
Fine, fine memories of Kovy as a Thrasher. Though the last few months were tough as the question became larger and larger, there are far too many good memories... even if the team didn't do well. Nothing wrong with moving on (at least for now... wink wink).
Thank you Ilya for the electrifying goals, goals, goals, and tons of them...with some killer hattricks, boston, ottawa back-to-back, the 4 goal game against TB, the comeback games earlier this season..................basically shouldering the load of the Thrashers from 2003-4 and some seasons onward, bearing the burden of many not so well built teams and bringing excitement to the fans. Playing on a busted knee for games a few sesaons ago and even scoring a goal against NJ @ the Rock when you clearly had a messed up knee...., and scoring the shootout goal to help win the game.... Fighting McCabe, and that puke Matt Cooke, the Crosby point, edmonton breakaway goal.......the illegal curves with Hartley barking at the trainig staff to run down the tunnel to hide the sticks...
I'll remember the 5 point night against Carolina last season, even the disasterous playoff games @ MSG which I was able to attend (both of them). So many memories.. the team fed through the energy when on his game.
Maybe you'll be back as a Thrasher, but if not - thank you!
For the time being, I'll have to wear my Thrashers Kovalchuk 3rd jersey to the NJ games this season, if I get to catch many.
Good luck, and perhaps come back and help Atlanta franchise build up to respectability..................... (please? )
and that was a blast at MSG, despite the outcome...remember the broom pictures??? LOL!
Ilya Kovalchuk is the reason most of my friends are Thrashers fans. As kids, we would play street hockey for hours and hours (but, it's the South! NO HOCKEY!).
I love street hockey, play it every weekend with my friends on an outside basketball court. (we also have this place where we sneak into my old elementary's school underground parking lot, and open it up. its actually not bad the cops came once and wesaid it was open and they just told us to leave, then also it has lots of room) and we play for hours also. Its fun as hell, we make up victory dances and hit each other and have (fake and real ) fights