MOSCOW, November 22 (R-Sport) - New Jersey Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk is not about to return to the United States because of personal problems, his lockout team SKA St. Petersburg said Thursday.
Reports in the Russian media Thursday claimed Kovalchuk was set to return to his family in the U.S. for personal reasons.
“The information that has appeared about Ilya Kovalchuk leaving is not true,” SKA said on Twitter.
Kovalchuk was named SKA captain when he arrived in September, and has since racked up 11 goals and 18 assists in 29 games.
In the NHL, Kovalchuk has played 779 games for the Devils and the now-defunct Atlanta Thrashers, scoring 406 goals and 379 assists. He is a three-time NHL All-Star.