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Viktor Kozlov

Full name: Viktor Nikolaevich Kozlov
Team: CSKA Moscow (KHL)
Number: 38
Position: Center
Height: 6’4”/195 cm
Weight: 227 lbs/106 kg
Shoots: Right
Born: February 14, 1975 in Togliatti, RUS
Drafted: Selected by San Jose Sharks in 1st round (6th overall) of the 1993 Entry Draft

Strengths: Viktor Kozlov is a tall, versatile forward who can easily play in all three forward positions and log many minutes of ice time. Kozlov has great reach and is very skilled with the puck. He is a natural leader on and off the ice.

Weaknesses: In the NHL, Kozlov was a very streaky player. For his high skill level, he has not dominated as could be expected. Also, Kozlov does not always use his size well in physical battles.

Biography: Viktor Kozlov comes from Russia’s automotive capital, Togliatti, where hockey is the number one passion. So it was no surprise that the tall and lanky son of a crane operator made his way through the local hockey school and debuted for Togliatti’s team in the Soviet league, Lada, at the age of 16. At age 17, he moved to the capital to train with Moscow Dynamo. In Kozlov’s first full season with Dynamo in 1993, his team won the Russian championship. Kozlov played another year and a half in Moscow under coach Petr Vorobiev before making the move across the ocean to play for the NHL team that drafted him, the San Jose Sharks. A few days before leaving to San Jose, Kozlov broke his leg in a Dynamo game and took several months to heal before making his NHL debut. Being in a new country and not knowing English, Viktor lived with Sharks goalie Arturs Irbe. Kozlov reportedly finished the 1995 season with the Sharks’ farm club because of a joke he made that the Sharks’ humourless coach did not appreciate. Kozlov did not live up to full expectations playing for the Sharks, but became a real star and productive forward after being traded to the Florida Panthers in 1998. In Florida, Kozlov centered Pavel Bure. In two of their seasons playing together, Bure led the NHL in goal scoring. The two were also invited to play in the NHL All-Star Game in 2000. Kozlov remained a leader for the Panthers until being traded to New Jersey in 2004. That year, the NHL locked out its players, so Kozlov spent a year back in Russia playing for his hometown Lada. Back in the NHL, Viktor had three productive years from 2006 to 2009, first setting a career-high in goals playing for the New York Islanders, and then next season setting a career high in plus/minus playing for the Washington Capitals with fellow Russian stars Alex Ovechkin, Alex Semin, and Sergei Fedorov. In 2009, Kozlov signed a three-year contract with Salavat Yulaev Ufa in Russia’s KHL. Kozlov remained productive, mostly centering Alexander Radulov. In 2011, the team won the KHL’s Gagarin Cup as playoff champions. In 2012, Kozlov joined the new Lokomotiv Yaroslavl team and was later traded to CSKA Moscow. Kozlov has represented Russia in many world championships and in the 2006 and 2010 Olympics. He has a silver and a bronze medal from the European Junior Championship in the early 1990s and was part of the bronze medal-winning team in 2005 and the silver medal-winning team in 2010 at the World Championship.

Club Stats:

Season Team

GP

G

A

PTS

+/-

PIM

1990-91 Lada-2 Togliatti (USSR-2)

2

2

0

2

0

1991-92 Lada Togliatti

3

0

0

0

0

1992-93 Dynamo Moscow

30

6

5

11

4

1993-94 Dynamo Moscow

42

16

9

25

14

1994-95 Dynamo Moscow

3

1

1

2

2

1994-95 Kansas City (IHL)

4

1

1

2

0

1994-95 San Jose

16

2

0

2

-5

2

1995-96 Kansas City (IHL)

15

4

7

11

12

1995-96 San Jose

62

6

13

19

-15

6

1996-97 San Jose

78

16

25

41

-16

40

1997-98 San Jose/Florida

64

17

13

30

-3

16

1998-99 Florida

65

16

35

51

+13

24

1999-00 Florida

80

17

53

70

+24

16

2000-01 Florida

51

14

23

37

-4

10

2001-02 Florida

50

9

18

27

-16

20

2002-03 Florida

74

22

34

56

-8

18

2003-04 Florida/New Jersey

59

13

20

33

-4

18

2004-05 Lada Togliatti

52

15

22

37

22

2005-06 New Jersey

69

12

13

25

0

+16

2006-07 N.Y. Islanders

81

25

26

51

+12

28

2007-08 Washington

81

16

38

54

+28

18

2008-09 Washington

67

13

28

41

-9

16

2009-10 Salavat Yulaev Ufa

48

10

18

28

+7

43

2010-11 Salavat Yulaev Ufa

48

17

15

32

+8

14

2011-12 Salavat Yulaev Ufa

36

10

16

26

-2

8

2012-13 Lokomotiv/CSKA

27

2

5

7

-2

14

Totals RHL/KHL Reg. Season

278

77

91

168

121

Totals RHL/KHL Playoffs

74

17

16

33

14

Totals NHL Reg. Season

897

198

339

537

-3

248

Totals NHL Playoffs

35

4

8

12

-6

10

National Team Stats:

Year Tournament

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

1991 European U18

6

3

3

6

2

1992 European U18

6

3

3

6

4

1993 World U20

7

2

1

3

2

1996 World   Championship

8

0

3

3

0

1998 World   Championship

6

4

5

9

0

2000 World   Championship

6

1

3

4

2

2004 World   Cup

4

1

0

1

0

2005 World   Championship

9

0

1

1

0

2006 Olympic   Games

8

2

3

5

2

2010 Olympic Games

4

1

0

1

0

2010 World Championship

9

1

2

3

2

Totals U18 Level

12

6

6

12

6

Totals U20 Level

7

2

1

3

2

Totals Senior Level

54

10

17

27

6

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