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18 2008 . 
Kovalchuk, minus two teeth, ready for Thrashers camp // The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

By MIKE KNOBLER

Team scoring leader Ilya Kovalchuk will sport a new look for the opening of Thrashers camp on Saturday: Hes missing two lower front teeth.

It happened in Moscow.

I was playing with young guys, like 15, 16 years old, Kovalchuk said Thursday. I used an old mask. They were trying to get the puck from me. One of them high-sticked me right in the face.

Thats OK. Thats hockey.

So now he looks like a real hockey player, Kovalchuk said with a hole in his smile.

He wont look that way for long, though. On Monday, hes scheduled to get implants.

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