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Vyacheslav Kozlov

Full name: Vyacheslav Anatolievich Kozlov
Team: Spartak Moscow (KHL)

Number: 45
Position: Left Wing
Height: 5’10″/178 cm
Weight: 190 lbs/86 kg
Shoots: Left
Born: May 2, 1972 in Voskresensk, RUS
Drafted: Selected by Detroit Red Wings in 3rd round (45th overall) of the 1990 NHL Entry Draft

Strengths: Slava Kozlov is a gifted forward with a deceiving shot and excellent playmaking abilities. He brings leadership to his team and is effective in both offensive and defensive situations.

Weaknesses: He is prone to cold streaks when he goes stretches of games without a point. With age, Kozlov’s physical play and production are declining.

Biography: Slava Kozlov was born in Voskresensk, an industrial town outside of Moscow, also where Igor Larionov hails from. Kozlov was taught hockey by his dad from the age of five. Ten years later, Kozlov already played for the local team Khimik. He was a star player and behaved like one, winning the Soviet Rookie of the Year award in 1990. After joining the Central Red Army team in 1991, Kozlov got into a car accident that changed his life forever. Teammate Kirill Tarasov was left dead, while Kozlov suffered a fractured skull and a broken cheekbone and ribs. He spent three months in hospital, but was then courted by the Detroit Red Wings. CSKA was not willing to let go of Kozlov, so the matter was taken to court. Eventually, Slava joined the Red Wings at the end of the 1991-92 season. Playing in the NHL was considerably more challenging, as Kozlov was frequently victimized by hard hits. However, he managed to become a very effective playmaker. In 1995, he scored the goal that put his Red Wings into the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in 29 years. Kozlov won the Cup with Detroit in 1997 and 1998. With Igor Larionov, he brought it to their hometown of Voskresensk. In 2001, Kozlov was traded in exchange for Dominic Hasek. He left Detroit as their all-time playoff game-winning goal leader. In the middle of a hot streak with the Buffalo Sabres, Kozlov severely injured his Achilles tendon, requiring sixty stitches. The next season he played in Atlanta, setting a career record for assists and mentoring rising star Ilya Kovalchuk. In 2004-05, Kozlov first played for his hometown Khimik in Russia before joining the star-studded Ak Bars Kazan. After the NHL lockout, he continued to a leader on the Thrashers and in 2006-07 had his best season, helping Atlanta clinch their first ever playoff berth. Kozlov continued to play at a high level in the NHL until 2009-10, when he missed a third of the season to injury. In 2010, Kozlov returned to Russia for his third stint with CSKA Moscow and was transferred to Salavat Yulaev mid-season. In 2011, he signed with Dynamo Moscow. Kozlov had a limited presence in the 2012 playoffs, but Dynamo did win the Gagarin Cup as the KHL champions. In 2013, Kozlov joined Spartak Moscow.

Club Stats:

Season Team GP G A PTS +/- PIM
1987-88 Khimik Voskresensk 2 0 0 0 0
1988-89 Khimik Voskresensk 14 0 1 1 2
1989-90 Khimik Voskresensk 45 14 12 26 38
1990-91 Khimik Voskresensk 45 11 13 24 46
1991-92 CSKA Moscow 11 6 5 11 12
1991-92 Detroit 7 0 2 2 -2 2
1992-93 Adirondack (AHL) 45 23 36 59 54
1992-93 Detroit 17 4 1 5 -1 14
1993-94 Adirondack (AHL) 3 0 1 1 15
1993-94 Detroit 77 34 39 73 +27 50
1994-95 CSKA Moscow 10 3 4 7 14
1994-95 Detroit 46 13 20 33 +12 45
1995-96 Detroit 82 36 37 73 +33 70
1996-97 Detroit 75 23 22 45 +21 46
1997-98 Detroit 80 25 27 52 +14 46
1998-99 Detroit 79 29 29 58 +10 45
1999-00 Detroit 72 18 18 36 +11 28
2000-01 Detroit 72 20 18 38 +9 30
2001-02 Buffalo 38 9 13 22 0 16
2002-03 Atlanta 79 21 49 70 -10 66
2003-04 Atlanta 76 20 32 52 -12 74
2004-05 Khimik Voskr./Ak Bars Kazan 46 14 22 36 69
2005-06 Atlanta 82 25 46 71 +14 33
2006-07 Atlanta 81 28 52 80 +9 36
2007-08 Atlanta 82 17 24 41 -10 26
2008-09 Atlanta 82 26 50 76 -14 44
2009-10 Atlanta 55 8 18 26 -15 33
2010-11 CSKA Mos./Salavat Yulaev Ufa 44 12 15 27 -13 20
2011-12 Dynamo Moscow 44 8 15 23 -3 22
2012-13 Spartak Moscow 13 4 4 8 -3 10
Totals USSR/RHL/KHL Reg. Season 275 72 91 163 233
Totals RHL/KHL Playoffs 31 3 7 10 24
Totals NHL Reg. Season 1182 356 497 853 +96 704
Totals NHL Playoffs 118 42 37 79 +12 82

National Team Stats:

Year Tournament GP G A PTS PIM
1988 European U18 5 2 1 3 4
1989 European U18 6 5 7 12 8
1990 European U18 6 9 10 19 11
1990 World U20 7 4 7 11 0
1991 Canada Cup 5 1 2 3 6
1994 World Championship 1 0 0 0 4
1996 World Cup 5 1 2 3 8
Totals U18 Level 17 16 18 34 23
Totals U20 Level 7 4 7 11 0
Totals Senior Level 11 2 4 6 18

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