Ilya Kovalchuk stuns Devils, retires from NHL; told team earlier he wanted to return to Russia

  • Article by: TOM CANAVAN , AP Sports Writer
  • Updated: July 11, 2013 - 6:55 PM

NEWARK, N.J. — Star forward Ilya Kovalchuk stunned the New Jersey Devils on Thursday, retiring from the NHL to return to his native Russia.