Ilya Kovalchuk Sparkled for Russia
Kovalchuk shouldn’t feel too bad about his own performance. While the IIHF directorate named his teammate Datsyuk the best forward of the tournament and the media snubbed him for their all-stars, Kovalchuk led the World Championships in points with 2 goals and 10 assists along with 15 shots and an average ice time of 16:52. So much for Kovalchuk being a selfish player. The coaches named him Russia’s best forward. He certainly made his mark. All stats are viewable at the IIHF’s statistics page which has all this information in PDFs for some inexplicable reason.
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