Forward of St. Petersburg SKA Ilya Kovalchuk to miss world Cup in 2017 because of an operation on the injured knee. This was announced by first Vice-President of Federation of hockey of Russia Roman Rotenberg, his words are quoted “R-Sport”.
“The operation was confirmed. Kovalchuk will miss at least a month, so participation in the world Cup will not take,” said Rotenberg.
April 23, there was information about the possible return of 34-year-old striker in the National hockey League (NHL).
In the Continental hockey League (KHL) Kovalchuk has become a two-time winner of the Cup of Gagarin in structure SKA (2015 and 2017). Last season he scored 78 points in 60 games. Kovalchuk’s contract with SKA will expire on April 30.
The ice hockey world championship will be held from 5 to 21 may in Paris and Cologne. In the group round, the Russians will play with teams from USA, Sweden, Slovakia, Germany, Latvia, Denmark and Italy.