Ilya Kovalchuk Reaction Stories: What Was Your Reaction?


On July 11, 2013, Ilya Kovalchuk made his famous decision to go back home to play in Russia and quit on the New Jersey Devils. It was something that Lou Lamoriello may have seen coming but to us fans, it was just shocking. For once, this isn’t an article documenting how Ilya will be returning in 108 hours or how he has a bunker in his Alpine, NJ home where he is hiding. This is just a compilation of reactions from Twitter that we all shared yesterday in commemoration.

As for me, I was watching a movie when I received the NHL GameCenter alert. I remember dropping everything and racing to my laptop to see if it was true. I was so fixed on my laptop that I forgot that the movie was still playing and it was almost an hour later. I also remember texting my friend as we were freaking out about it and how the Devils will have a tough time scoring. The usual and obvious stuff.

There were some pretty good stories out there of Ilya Kovalchuk’s decision:

It was truly a shock and just floored everyone. I remember Tom Gulitti and Rich Chere being absolutely stunned by the news and didn’t even know what to do. How did you react?

Happy Anniversary!


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