Ilya Kovalchuk signs two-year deal with KHL's Avangard Omsk

Washington Capitals left wing Ilya Kovalchuk (17) receives congratulations after he scored a goal against the New York Rangers. (Kathy Willens/AP)

Veteran forward Ilya Kovalchuk has signed a two-year deal with Avangard Omsk in the KHL, the league announced Saturday.

Kovalchuk split the 2019-20 season between the Los Angeles Kings, Montreal Canadiens and Washington Capitals, posting 10 goals and 26 points in 46 games. He previously announced his retirement from the NHL in 2013, and spent the next five seasons with the KHL's SKA Saint Petersburg. The 37-year-old returned to the NHL on a three-year contract with the Kings in 2018.

In his NHL career, the Russian star has recorded 443 goals and 876 points in 926 games.

Kovalchuk was the first player born in Russia to be chosen as the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft when he was selected by the Atlanta Thrashers in 2001.

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