Ilya Kovalchuk retires: Jeremy Roenick outrage headlines Twitter reactions

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Thursday July 11th, 2013

Ilya Kovalchuk Ilya Kovalchuk delighted Devils fans in July of 2010, then crushed them in July of '13. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

By Allan Muir

New Jersey Devils star Ilya Kovalchuk shocked the NHL world today by retiring at the age of 30. Kovalchuk had 12 years and $77 million remaining on his deal, but will return home to Russia instead of remaining with his NHL team. The news shook Devils fans -- and the Twitterverse.

MUIR: Kovalchuk stuns NHL, sparks potential KHL drama

HACKEL: Devils paid high price for little from Kovalchuk

Photo gallery: Ilya Kovalchuk's NHL career

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Here's a sampling of the reactions from the social media realm:

https://twitter.com/TGfireandice/status/355410079132037120

https://twitter.com/Jeremy_Roenick/status/355418744547319808

https://twitter.com/Jeremy_Roenick/status/355420810359488512

https://twitter.com/Jeremy_Roenick/status/355421324501458945

https://twitter.com/drosennhl/status/355424389401034753

https://twitter.com/dchesnokov/status/355431581810298881

https://twitter.com/NYP_Brooksie/status/355429199638573057

https://twitter.com/TGfireandice/status/355423443283488768

https://twitter.com/SUNRandySportak/status/355415293041975296

https://twitter.com/simmonssteve/status/355424298959241217

https://twitter.com/cathalkelly/status/355424273059422208

https://twitter.com/ctherien6/status/355440757814992897

https://twitter.com/Buccigross/status/355421738554769409

https://twitter.com/jodrouin27/status/355421331937959937

https://twitter.com/BroadcastHolt/status/355421319908696065

https://twitter.com/mirtle/status/355421192452194304

https://twitter.com/TH2NSTATSGUY/status/355421206498910208

https://twitter.com/RealJackEdwards/status/355421161947009024

https://twitter.com/TheFourthPeriod/status/355428343887298561

https://twitter.com/DaveLozo/status/355419901755801601

https://twitter.com/EricOnSportsLaw/status/355438297327218690

https://twitter.com/TSNBobMcKenzie/status/355439390903894018

https://twitter.com/Proteautype/status/355440041960546305

https://twitter.com/JasonGregor/status/355436663142498306

https://twitter.com/MettaWorldPeace/status/355488589297106945

https://twitter.com/MettaWorldPeace/status/355488522569912320 https://twitter.com/JohnMKeeley/status/355652474796904449

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