If you’re not a hockey fan, the typical summer goes like this: Stanley Cup Finals conclude, NHL Awards are given out, the annual draft occurs (coupled with at least one major trade) and then free agency rounds out the frenzy over a two or three day period.
That was two weeks ago, and I had just accepted that there’d be no earth-shattering news until September or so. Then Ilya Kovalchuk (pictured left) up and retired at 30, which is even unheard of to all things that are unheard of. This sketch I drew on the Long Island Railroad heading to Port Jefferson Friday night is my reaction to Kovy’s parting of ways with the New Jersey Devils and the NHL as a whole. He’s pictured here with his fellow countryman and cosmonaut, former Philadelphia Flyers goaltender, Ilya Bryzgalov.
Both of these dudes are laughing all the way to their Russian banks.
The crazy thing? In a purely coincidental moment that leads me to believe a higher power wanted this drawing to happen, I just realized that the name of the actual cosmonaut whose body I sampled for Kovalchuk is named VLADIMIR KOVALIONOK. The other guy is VICTOR SAVYNIKH. Here’s the original: