Odd and premature retirements

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 30: Kim Clijsters of Belgium poses with the Daphne Akhurst Trophy after winning the 2011 Women's Australian Open final, at Brighton Beach on January 30, 2011 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Prezioso/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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