Odd and premature retirements

��24 Feb 2002: Mario Lemieux #66 of Canada celebrates after defeating the USA 5-2 in the men's ice hockey gold medal game of the Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games at the E Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. DIGITAL IMAGE. Mandatory Credit: Al Bello/Getty Images

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30-year old New Jersey Devils player Ilya Kovalchuk announced his retirement. He retires with $77 million and 12 years remaining on his contract. Here's a look back at some odd, abrupt or premature retirements by star athletes over the years.

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