NHL Legend Opens Up About The Biggest Regret

Published September 9, 2023 at 8:34

Alexei Kovalev, a legendary NHL player with over 1000 career points, recently opened up about his most significant career regret.

Kovalev's Impressive Career

Alexei Kovalev had an impressive NHL career that lasted 19 seasons. During this time, he played in more than 1300 games and scored over 1000 points. He played for various teams, including 9 seasons with the Rangers, 6 with the Penguins, 5 with the Canadiens, 2 with Ottawa, and one season with the Panthers. Kovalev was known for being traded midseason four times during his career, showing the unpredictable nature of his journey.

Kovalev's best year came when he was with the Penguins, where he achieved his highest goal and point totals with 44 goals and 95 points. It's important to note that he achieved these impressive numbers while playing alongside hockey legends like Jaromir Jagr and Mario Lemieux.


Kovalev's Biggest Regret

In a recent interview, Alexei Kovalev openly discussed his most significant career regret.

"I made a mistake and became a little too greedy. On the other hand, I wanted to be shown respect, which I didn't get. I wasn't asking for much more, just a small raise."

Kovalev was referring to a crucial decision he made in 2009. He chose to sign with the Ottawa Senators instead of the Montreal Canadiens, even though the Canadiens offered him $500,000 less.

"If I had to do it all over again, I would have accepted the Canadiens' offer rather than the Senators in the summer of 2009. There would have been a bit of bitterness, because I wanted to be recognized for what I'd accomplished for the team, but I think it would have been much better for my career. I'd probably say: OK, I'll take it even if they disrespect me a bit, but it's more important for me and my family."

"I felt good in Montreal with the organization, with the fans. I think it's thanks to them that I was so successful."

After joining the Ottawa Senators, Kovalev's career took a downturn, and he
had only three more seasons in the NHL. Kovalev's honest words highlight the challenges that NHL players face, not only professionally but also personally. Trades and career decisions can have a significant impact on their families, requiring them to uproot their lives.

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