Would you trade a couple of digits for a Rolex watch?
The Montreal Canadiens newest player, Ilya Kovalchuk, gifted defenceman Brett Kulak, formerly number 17, a brand new watch for giving up his jersey number.
Since his arrival in the NHL in 2001, (including a five-year hiatus when he joined the KHL), Kovalchuk has always worn number 17 during his three-team career in Atlanta, New Jersey, and Los Angeles.
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According to Kulak, Kovalchuk was “super appreciative” of the number swap and had “thanks for number 17” engraved on the back of the Rolex.
A jersey number for a watch?
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Before making his Canadiens debut tonight at the Bell Centre versus the Winnipeg Jets, the newest Hab surprised the media by speaking a little bit of French.
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Before the Los Angeles Kings terminated his contract in December, Kovalchuk had nine points in 17 games.
It seems like the number 17 is already pretty relevant in Montreal, a trend that hopefully continues as the Canadiens skate into the gruelling winter months of the season.