MOSCOW, November 29 (R-Sport) – Former NHL stars Ilya Kovalchuk and Jonathan Cheechoo will feature in the starting line-up of the KHL All-Star Game in January.
Following the results of a poll taken on the Russian-based league’s website, SKA St. Petersburg captain Kovalchuk will team up with Medvescak Zagreb wing Cheechoo and CSKA Moscow forward Alexander Radulov to form the first line of the West.
Since his shock retirement from the New Jersey Devils in July, Kovalchuk has led SKA to the top of the standings, notching up 29 points in 25 games.
He participated in the All-Star Game last year during the NHL lockout, when a hat-trick could save his team from a 18-11 defeat.
The holder of 2006 Maurice Richard Trophy, Chechoo has scored 13 goals in his maiden KHL season, as Medvescak, the team with the smallest salary sheet in the league, sits seventh in the table.
The exhibition match will take place on January 11 at the 10,000-seat Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava.
Western Conference: Alexander Yeryomenko (Dynamo Moscow), Sandis Ozolins (Dinamo Riga), Deron Quint (Spartak Moscow), Alexander Radulov (CSKA Moscow), Ilya Kovalchuk (SKA St. Petersburg), Jonathan Cheechoo (Medvescak Zagreb)
Eastern Conference: Mikko Koskinen (Sibir Novosibirsk), Kirill Koltsov (Salava Yulaev Ufa), Shaun Heshka (Ak Bars Kazan), Sergei Mozyakin, Danis Zaripov (both Metallurg Magnitogorsk), Brandon Bochenski (Barys Astana)