Very little has been made of Ilya Kovalchuk's start in the NHL. Amongst the hubbub of him bolting for Russia, everyone seems to be mentioning the Devils and his point production with them and yada yada yada. You may, if you're lucky, get a mention of him being drafted by the Thrashers in 2001.
This tweet is a perfect example of what I'm talking about:
Ilya Kovalchuk Since Feb. 5, 2010>Date of Devils debut
— John Buccigross (@Buccigross) July 12, 2013
So, after some careful digging about on the internet, I've come across an example of where the NHL media and press think Kovalchuk originated from. Ladies and Gentlemen (and with apologies to Saed Hindash), I give you the birth of Kovalchuk:
The Jersey Shore's looking pretty nice today, eh?