Saturday, July 7, 2012

1,000 Point NHL Player Autographs - #71 Alexei Kovalev

The enigma that is Alexei Kovalev.

Talented beyond words with his fantastic stick-handling, wrist shot, and playmaking skills, Kovalev is one of the most skilled players that the NHL has even seen. It's unfortunate that his desire has been questioned since his first season.

Regardless, Kovalev has won a Stanley Cup, Olympic medals, World Championship medals, and has played in many All-Star Games. He also ranks 71st all-time in NHL points with 1,024 points (428 goals, 596 assists) in 1,302 games.

From 1995-96 Upper Deck Be A Player comes this great hard-signed autograph card of Alexei Kovalev during his youth with Team Russia. In addition, from In The Game, I have this 2003-04 Ultimate Memorabilia 4th Edition autograph /135. There aren't a lot of options out for there Kovalev autographs but he has a great signature which obviously hasn't changed much over the years.

Kovalev spent last season in the KHL and is still considered an active player. Recently, he expressed his desire to return for another season with the Montreal Canadiens.

1 comment:

S├ębastian Hell said...

And many Habs fans would take him back in a second!

When he was on, he was electrifying. Habs fans hadn't seen anyone of that magnitude since Guy Lafleur, despite some great seasons from the likes of Damphousse, Richer, Turgeon, Recchi, Koivu, Smith and Naslund.

His All Star Game MVP performance at the Bell Centre (where he outshined even Ovechkin and Malkin) as part og the Canadiens' Centennial was a thing for the history books...