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Ilya Kovalchuk is ready to bring some star power to the Kings

Ilya Kovalchuk is ready to bring some star power to the Kings
Published On: Wed, Sep 12
Dec 19, 2015; Dallas, TX, USA; A fan of Dallas Stars left wing Jamie Benn (14) holds up a Star Wars sign during the second period of the game against the Montreal Canadiens at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

He was in full uniform, shoulder and shin pads, helmet and stick, as he waited for the signal to make his way to the bright lights.

Ilya Kovalchuk would soon walk down a hallway in his skates, ready for action, like so many times in his career. Only this time a nearby voice from a staffer solidified that this was far from a hockey rink.

a€œIlyaa€™s in makeup,a€ the staffer said.

Kovalchuk was about to shoot a video, in a nondescript studio in Torrance. Without giving away too much, the commercial is a fun, Hollywood-themed take on the newest star attraction for the Kings, whose promotional work in his previous NHL stops typically didna€™t have a comedic slant.

a€œIn Atlanta we did something, but in [New] Jersey, they were more serious,a€ Kovalchuk said. a€œI love [doing this]. Wea€™re playing for our fans, and they want to see us in different situations.a€

Kovalchuk is ready for his star turn as the Kingsa€™ major offseason acquisition, a veteran expected to address a franchise need as an elite finisher on the left side. Hea€™s signed to a three-year, $18.75-million contract, settled and delivered as the Kings begin training camp Friday.

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