- Sport: Olympic Ice Hockey
- Nation: Russian Federation
- DOB: April 15, 1983
- Career Highlights: Kovalchuk has been a dominant force in international play, winning two gold medals and two bronzes in the World Championships
and a bronze in the 2002 Salt Lake games. He had four goals and five points at Turin in 2006, but Russia lost in the semifinals.
Despite all his success with his native country, Kovalchuk is perhaps the most overlooked star in the NHL, having spent his
entire eight-year career with an Atlanta Thrashers club that has made one playoff appearance in franchise history. That was
until Feb. 4 when the Thrashers' all-time leading scorer with 615 points was dealt to the New Jersey Devils as the centerpiece
of a blockbuster deal. The top overall pick in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, Kovalchuk has had a career-high 52 goals twice. He
tied Jarome Iginla of the Calgary Flames and Rick Nash of the Columbus Blue Jackets for the league lead with 41 in 2004, also
the year Kovalchuk made the first of three career All-Star appearances.
- Olympic History: 2006,2002