Odd and premature retirements

� MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 21: Justine Henin of Belgium plays a forehand in her third round match against Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia during day five of the 2011 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 21, 2011 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/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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