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Ilya Kovalchuk retires: Jeremy Roenick outrage headlines Twitter reactions

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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

Photo gallery: Biggest sports retirements of 2013

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

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  • Published On Jul 11, 2013
  • Eric Lindros and Pat Burns among notable Hall of Fame snubs … again

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    The late coach Pat Burns deserves to be in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

    If three Jack Adams Awards and a Stanley Cup can’t get Pat Burns into the Hall, what will? (Lou Capozzola/SI)

    By Allan Muir

    The Hall of Fame selection committee voted in five new members to join the game’s greatest legends on Tuesday and did as well as it has done in years. After honoring a stream of marginal players like Bernie Federko, Leo Boivin and Dick Duff, the 2013 class of Scott Niedermayer, Chris Chelios, Brendan Shanahan, Geraldine Heaney and Fred Shero deserve all the accolades coming their way.

    MUIR: Saluting the Class of 2013

    But as good as this group was, there’s plenty of room for debate because of who didn’t make the cut.

    Again, nothing wrong with the Shero nod, but the Pat Burns snub in the Builder category has gotten past the point of reason. Forget that the committee had a chance to do the right thing and induct him just before he died of cancer three years ago — that refusal may have been the its self-important way of saying it wouldn’t be influenced by the massive social effort aimed at pressuring it to induct Burns while he was still alive. But it’s been three years now. Three years. Whichever voters the admittedly brusque ex-cop offended along the way need to step back and recognize the greatness of the only three-time Jack Adams winner in NHL history, a man who guided the Devils to the Stanley Cup in 2003 and who won 501 games during his 14-season career.

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  • Published On Jul 09, 2013