Archive for the 'KHL' Category

16
Dec
12

Ilya Nikulin

Full name: Ilya Vladimirovich Nikulin
Team: Ak Bars Kazan (KHL)

Number: 5
Position: Defenseman
Height: 6’3”/191 cm
Weight: 215 lbs/98 kg
Born: March 12, 1982 in Moscow, RUS
Drafted: Selected by the Atlanta Thrashers in 2nd round (31st overall) of the 2000 Entry Draft

Strengths: Nikulin has developed into one of Russia’s most skilled and trusted defensemen in both club and international play. He has an imposing presence on the blue line and is an effective powerplay coordinator. Nikulin is a leader on Ak Bars and on the Russian national team.

Weaknesses: As he logs lots of ice time, Nikulin can be prone to making defensive mistakes due to fatigue. Although he is a respected player in Russia, Nikulin has not tried out the NHL and his playing experience on the small-ice remains limited.

Biography: Born and raised in Russia’s capital, Nikulin developed in the Dynamo Moscow hockey school which was known for producing some of Russia’s best defensemen. Ilya played primarily as a stay-at-home blueliner for Dynamo’s farm club in his first few years. He represented Russia at two Under-18 World Championships and was on the silver medal team in 2000. In the same year, he caught the attention of NHL clubs and was the first player drafted in the second round of the NHL entry draft. Nikulin was selected by the Atlanta Thrashers. However, he never joined the club, instead preferring to stay in Russia and blossom into one of Dynamo’s most reliable players. In 2005, Dynamo became the Russian Superleague’s playoff champions. Ilya continued his career with Ak Bars Kazan – one of the perennially most consistent and dangerous teams in Russian hockey. Kazan won the league championship in Nikulin’s first year there. With each subsequent season with Ak Bars, Nikulin’s icetime increased and he became the team’s go-to defenseman in all situations, including on the powerplay and penalty-killing. In 2008, Nikulin came close to leaving to the NHL to play for the Thrashers, but decided to remain with Ak Bars in the newly-formed KHL. His team won the KHL’s Gagarin Cup in the league’s first playoffs in 2009, and again in 2010.  In recent years, Nikulin also became one of the KHL’s top-scoring defenders. His slapshot has infuriated numerous playoff opponents. Each year since 2006, Ilya has played for Russia at the World Championships. He was on the gold-winning teams of 2008, 2009, and 2012. Nikulin captained the 2012 and 2013 teams. He also played in the 2010 Olympics.

Club Stats:

Season Team GP G A PTS +/- PIM
1998-99 Dynamo-2 Moscow (RHL-3) 23 0 2 2 18
1999-00 THK Tver (RHL-2) 39 3 6 9 84
1999-00 Dynamo-2 Moscow (RHL-3) 4 2 1 3 10
2000-01 Dynamo-2 Moscow (RHL-3) 44 0 4 4 61
2001-02 Dynamo-2 Moscow (RHL-3) 2 0 1 1 2
2001-02 Dynamo Moscow 48 2 1 3 -3 44
2002-03 Dynamo Moscow 40 1 4 5 +13 46
2003-04 Dynamo Moscow 54 1 5 6 +6 56
2004-05 Dynamo Moscow 50 1 9 10 +9 65
2005-06 Ak Bars Kazan 49 9 11 20 +7 48
2006-07 Ak Bars Kazan 51 11 14 25 +15 99
2007-08 Ak Bars Kazan 57 3 15 18 +2 95
2008-09 Ak Bars Kazan 53 7 26 33 +22 72
2009-10 Ak Bars Kazan 49 6 27 33 -2 86
2010-11 Ak Bars Kazan 49 6 35 41 +14 56
2011-12 Ak Bars Kazan 51 9 15 26 +3 52
2012-13 Ak Bars Kazan 51 12 22 34 +19 46
Totals RSL/KHL Reg. Season 646 68 188 256 +99 826
Totals RSL/KHL Playoffs 120 16 32 48 157

National Team Stats:

Year Tournament GP G A PTS PIM
1999 World Juniors U18 7 0 1 1 0
2000 World Juniors U18 6 1 1 2 10
2006 World Championship 7 1 5 6 8
2007 World Championship 9 2 0 2 4
2008 World Championship 9 0 1 1 0
2009 World Championship 9 1 3 4 4
2010 Olympic Games 4 0 1 1 2
2010 World Championship 9 0 2 2 2
2011 World Championship 9 3 1 4 2
2012 World Championship 10 2 5 7 8
2013 World Championship 8 1 3 4 2
Totals U18 Level 13 1 2 3 10
Totals Senior Level 74 10 21 31 32

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18
Mar
12

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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16
Oct
11

Remembering Lokomotiv

In memory of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl hockey team that perished in the air crash of September 7, 2011.

Roster:

Number Player Position Date of Birth Place of Birth
1 Stefan Liv G 12/21/1980 Gdynia, POL
3 Pavel Trakhanov D 03/21/1978 Moscow, RUS
4 Karel Rachunek D 08/27/1979 Zlin, CZE
11 Alexander Galimov F 05/02/1985 Yaroslavl, RUS
13 Daniil Sobchenko F 04/13/1991 Kiev, UKR
15 Jan Marek F 12/31/1979 Jindrichuv-Hradec, CZE
17 Ivan Tkachenko F 11/09/1979 Yaroslavl, RUS
18 Alexander Vasyunov F 04/22/1988 Yaroslavl, RUS
20 Robert Dietrich D 07/25/1986 Ordzhonikidze, KAZ
21 Gennady Churilov F 05/05/1987 Magnitogorsk, RUS
23 Nikita Klyukin F 11/10/1989 Rybinsk, RUS
24 Ruslan Salei D 11/02/1974 Minsk, BLR
28 Alexander Kalyanin F 09/24/1987 Chelyabinsk, RUS
32 Sergei Ostapchuk F 03/19/1990 Novopolotsk, BLR
35 Alexander Vyukhin G 01/09/1973 Ekaterinburg, RUS
37 Karlis Skrastins D 07/09/1974 Riga, LAT
38 Pavol Demitra F 11/29/1974 Dubnica, CZE
39 Mikhail Balandin D 07/27/1980 Lipetsk, RUS
52 Maxim Shuvalov D 04/23/1993 Rybinsk, RUS
57 Vitali Anikeenko D 01/02/1987 Kiev, UKR
63 Josef Vasicek F 09/12/1980 Havlickuv Brod, CZE
72 Artem Yarchuk F 05/03/1990 Yaroslavl, RUS
74 Marat Kalimulin D 08/12/1988 Togliatti, RUS
81 Yuri Urychev D 04/03/1991 Yaroslavl, RUS
83 Andrei Kiryukhin F 08/04/1987 Yaroslavl, RUS
Brad McCrimmon Coach 03/29/1959 Dodsland, CAN
Alexander Karpovtsev Coach 04/07/1970 Moscow, RUS
Igor Korolev Coach 09/06/1970 Moscow, RUS
Nikita Krivonosov Trainer 07/07/1980 Minsk, BLR
10
May
11

Alexander Radulov

Full name: Alexander Valerievich Radulov
Team: CSKA Moscow (KHL)
Number: 47
Position: Right Wing
Height: 6’1”/186 cm
Weight: 200 lbs/ 91 kg
Shoots: Left
Born: July 5, 1986 in Nizhniy Tagil, RUS
Drafted: Selected by Nashville Predators in 1st round (15th overall) of the 2004 Entry Draft

Strengths: “Radu” is a high-octane, game-breaking forward who excels at creating scoring chances not just for himself, but for his linemates as well. He is a feisty player and is hard to contain for the opposing defensemen.

Weaknesses: The consequence of being such an explosive player is that Radulov is prone to overplaying the puck, leading to turnovers. His spirited style at times leads to undisciplined plays and costly penalties.

Biography: Alexander was born and raised in the northern Urals city of Nizhniy Tagil, in the Sverdlovsk region. When he was still a child, he moved with his brother Igor (also a future NHL player) to Yaroslavl to study at a sports school. Radulov began his professional hockey career at the age of seventeen with THK Tver in the Russian Hockey League’s second tier (the Major League) and was one of the leading scorers at the Under-18 World Championships, where Russia won gold. By the end of his first season, Radulov got to play in one game for Dynamo Moscow in the Superleague. In 2004, Radulov was drafted by both the NHL (the Nashville Predators) and by Canada’s Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (the Quebec Remparts). In his two years with the Remparts, Alexander made a strong impression. Following his first year in North America, he was selected to the QMJHL’s All-Rookie Team. In 2006, Radulov was a First-Team All-Star, the MVP, and the leading scorer among all Canadian major junior leagues. He broke various club records, including most goals in a game twice (seven) and established a 50-game point streak that was second only to Mario Lemieux’s in the league’s history! Radulov’s experience in Quebec was capped off with his team becoming the Canadian Hockey League champions (and Radulov being awarded the Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy as the MVP of the Memorial Cup playoffs). Alexander began the next season with the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League, but less than two months later gained a permanent roster spot with the Nashville Predators. Radulov brought over his flair and eccentric goal celebrations over to the NHL, where he became the most popular player in Nashville. He played in the NHL YoungStars Game in 2007 and finished his rookie season with an impressive plus-minus rating. After his breakthrough second year, in which he scored 26 goals, Radulov signed a three-year contract with Salavat Yulaev Ufa in Russia’s KHL. This was seen as a breach of his NHL contract that had one remaining year, and Alexander was suspended by the Predators for the entire 2008-09 season once he played a game for Ufa. On Salavat Yulaev, Alexander quickly found chemistry with almost any players assigned to his line, including Sergei Zinoviev, Igor Grigorenko, and Patrick Thoresen. In each subsequent season in the KHL, Radulov increased his production. In 2010, he managed to score the quickest goal in Russian hockey history – just seven seconds into a game. At the end of the 2009-10 season, Radulov was awarded the “Golden Stick” award as the KHL’s most valuable player. After two years of playoff disappointment, Radulov’s team made it to the KHL playoff final and won the Gagarin Cup in 2011. Alexander was one of coach Vyacheslav Bykov’s most trusted players, as they’ve won together not just the Gagarin Cup, but also one bronze and two gold medals with the national team at the World Championships. Radulov scored the game-winning goal of the 2009 World Championship gold medal final. After Salavat Yulaev was eliminated in the first round of the 2012 KHL playoffs, Radulov went back to the Predators to fulfill the remainder of this NHL contract. Afterwards, Radulov signed a four-year contract with CSKA Moscow.

Club Stats:

Season Team GP G A PTS +/- PIM
2003-04 THK Tver (RHL-2) 42 15 16 31 102
2003-04 Dynamo Moscow 1 0 0 0 2
2004-05 Quebec (QMJHL) 65 32 43 75 +30 64
2005-06 Quebec (QMJHL) 62 61 91 152 +53 101
2006-07 Milwaukee (AHL) 11 6 12 18 +3 26
2006-07 Nashville 64 18 19 37 +19 26
2007-08 Nashville 81 26 32 58 +7 44
2008-09 Salavat Yulaev Ufa 52 22 26 48 +26 92
2009-10 Salavat Yulaev Ufa 54 24 39 63 +44 62
2010-11 Salavat Yulaev Ufa 54 20 60 80 +27 83
2011-12 Salavat Yulaev Ufa 50 25 38 63 +1 64
2011-12 Nashville 9 3 4 7 +3 4
2012-13 CSKA Moscow 48 22 46 68 +12 86
Totals RSL/KHL Reg. Season 259 113 209 322 +110 389
Totals KHL Playoffs 56 12 40 52 +14 58
Totals NHL Reg. Season 154 47 55 102 +29 74
Totals NHL Playoffs 18 6 8 14 +3 29

National Team Stats:

Year Tournament GP G A PTS PIM
2004 World U18 6 2 5 7 2
2005 World U20 6 2 1 3 4
2006 World U20 6 1 3 4 4
2007 World Championship 9 2 0 2 6
2008 World Championship 6 0 3 3 2
2009 World Championship 9 4 6 10 10
2010 Olympic Games 4 1 1 2 4
2011 World Championship 9 2 5 7 6
2013 World Championship 8 5 5 10 4
Totals U18 Level 6 2 5 7 2
Totals U20 Level 12 3 4 7 8
Totals Senior Level 45 14 20 34 32

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19
Mar
11

Maxim Afinogenov

Full name: Maxim Sergeevich Afinogenov
Team: SKA St. Petersburg (KHL)

Number: 61
Position: Right Wing
Height: 6’0”/182 cm
Weight: 194 lbs/88 kg
Shoots: Left
Born: September 4, 1979 in Moscow, RUS
Drafted: Selected by Buffalo Sabres in 3rd round (69th overall) of the 1997 Entry Draft

Strengths: Russia is not short on speedy, electrifying forwards, but Afinogenov stands out with his up-tempo game and penchant for making fancy dekes around opposing defencemen. Other than being dangerous on offense, he has also become more reliable in defensive and penalty-killing situations.

Weaknesses: Afinogenov’s unpredictable and explosive style of play makes him prone to losing control of the puck. He shies away from tough physical play, but occasionally takes undisciplined penalties. In recent seasons, Afinogenov has missed more games due to injury and his ice-time has decreased.

Biography: Afinogenov comes from a sporting family, as his mother was a track and field athlete. He was drawn to hockey at very young age and was already on a team when he was seven. Despite being a good student at school, Maxim frequently got into trouble. His devotion to hockey paid off in his teen years, making it to the junior squad of the prestigious Dynamo Moscow. When he was sixteen, he even got to play in one game for the main team! In that same season, he began to regularly represent Russia at international tournaments. Afinogenov was Russia’s top scorer at the 1999 World Junior Championship held in Canada, winning the Best Forward award and helping lead Russia to its first World Junior gold medal finish in the post-Soviet era. In his final season with Dynamo before leaving to North America, Maxim’s team made it to the final of the Superleague playoffs, but ultimately lost. Following a stint in the American Hockey League, Afinogenov secured a spot on the Buffalo Sabres and instantly became one of the team’s most skilled players. Despite his talents, “Mad Max” did not fit in with ease in coach Lindy Ruff’s notorious defensive system. The most memorable goal scored by Afinogenov came in the quarterfinal match against Czech Republic at the 2002 Olympics, when Max scored Russia’s only goal against former Buffalo teammate Dominik Hasek. Back in the NHL, he suffered a concussion during team training camp and had to miss most of the 2002-03 season. In December 2003, “Mad Max” registered his first NHL hattrick. During the NHL lockout of 2004-05, Afinogenov returned to Dynamo and this time the team succeeded in winning the Russian Superleague championship. Returning to the NHL, Maxim led the Sabres in scoring in 2006 and continued to produce at a greater than point-per-game pace before wrist and groin injuries shortened his season in 2007. Towards the end of the 2008-09 season, he was a healthy scratch, signalling the end of his playing career in Buffalo. For the following season, Afinogenov practiced with the Atlanta Thrashers on a try-out basis, secured a spot playing alongside Ilya Kovalchuk and Nikolai Antropov and would go on to top 60 points. In 2010, he returned to Russia and signed a five-year contract with SKA St. Petersburg.

Club Stats:

Season Team GP G A PTS +/- PIM
1995-96 Dynamo Moscow 1 0 0 0 0
1996-97 Dynamo Moscow 29 6 5 11 10
1997-98 Dynamo Moscow 35 10 5 15 53
1998-99 Dynamo Moscow 38 8 13 21 24
1999-00 Rochester (AHL) 15 6 12 18 +5 8
1999-00 Buffalo 65 16 18 34 -4 41
2000-01 Buffalo 78 14 22 36 +1 40
2001-02 Buffalo 81 21 19 40 -9 69
2002-03 Buffalo 35 5 6 11 -12 21
2003-04 Buffalo 73 17 14 31 -4 57
2004-05 Dynamo Moscow 36 13 14 27 91
2005-06 Buffalo 77 22 51 73 +6 84
2006-07 Buffalo 56 23 38 61 +19 66
2007-08 Buffalo 56 10 18 28 -16 42
2008-09 Buffalo 48 6 14 20 -7 20
2009-10 Atlanta 82 24 37 61 -17 46
2010-11 SKA St. Petersburg 51 13 20 33 +8 50
2011-12 SKA St. Petersburg 23 4 8 12 +4 36
2012-13 SKA St. Petersburg 26 4 4 8 -3 4
Totals RHL/KHL Reg. Season 239 58 69 127 268
Totals RHL/KHL Playoffs 55 18 16 34 46
Totals NHL Reg. Season 651 158 237 395 -43 486
Totals NHL Playoffs 49 10 13 23 +5 22

National Team Stats:

Year Tournament GP G A PTS PIM
1996 European U18 5 1 1 2 0
1997 European U18 6 4 3 7 18
1998 World U20 7 3 2 5 4
1999 World U20 7 3 5 8 0
1999 World Championship 6 2 1 3 2
2000 World Championship 6 1 0 1 4
2002 Olympic Games 6 2 2 4 4
2002 World Championship 9 3 0 3 6
2004 World Championship 5 1 1 2 4
2004 World Cup 4 0 1 1 2
2005 World Championship 9 3 2 5 6
2006 Olympic Games 8 0 1 1 10
2008 World Championship 8 5 1 6 2
2010 Olympic Games 4 1 1 2 0
2010 World Championship 9 3 4 7 18
2011 World Championship 9 1 2 3 6
Totals U18 Level 11 5 4 9 18
Totals U20 Level 14 6 7 13 4
Totals Senior Level 83 22 16 38 66

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14
Feb
10

Alexei Morozov

Full name: Alexei Alexeevich Morozov
Team: Ak Bars Kazan
Number: 95
Position: Right wing
Height: 6’2”/188 cm
Weight: 196 lbs/89 kg
Shoots: Left
Born: February 16, 1977 in Moscow, RUS
Drafted: Selected by Pittsburgh Penguins in 1st round (24th overall) of the 1995 Entry Draft

Strengths: Morozov has always had a great offensive upside, but only reached his full potential as a dynamic scorer and playmaker once he returned from the NHL to Russia. He is a natural leader on the ice, calm in any situation, and a role model for future generations.

Weaknesses: Morozov is not a physical or tough player, making his style of play less suitable for the NHL than Russia. In recent seasons, he is no longer as offensively dominant in the KHL.

Biography: Born and raised in Moscow, Alexei grew as a hockey player in the Krylja Sovetov (Soviet Wings) hockey school. At the age of seventeen, he made an instant impact on the organization’s senior team and earned himself two trips to represent Russia at the World Junior Championships, where he collected two bronze medals. At age twenty, Morozov made a smooth jump to the NHL, playing for the star-studded Pittsburgh Penguins and scoring in his very first NHL shift. That season, Morozov won a silver medal with Russia at the Nagano Olympics and was named to the NHL’s All-Rookie Team. It would take a couple of seasons for Morozov to earn top-line playing time on the Penguins. Morozov began the 2002-03 season at a point-per-game pace playing on a line with Mario Lemieux and Alexei Kovalev, but had to miss most of the season due to a fractured wrist. The NHL lockout of 2004-05 put Morozov’s NHL future permanently on hold. Instead, he began an illustrious career with Ak Bars Kazan of the Russian Superleague. In his first season, Morozov out-performed all of his teammates, including stars like Ilya Kovalchuk, Alexei Kovalev, Vincent Lecavalier, Brad Richards, and Dany Heatley. Despite most stars returning to the NHL once it resumed, Alexei decided to stay with his team and helped lead Ak Bars to the Russian championship in 2006. Morozov was named the playoff MVP. Along with Danis Zaripov and Sergei Zinoviev, Morozov became part of one of the most dangerous hockey lines in the world. Ak Bars repeated its championship win in 2007 and Morozov recorded a Superleague record of 83 points in the regular season, earning him the league’s MVP title. His other accomplishments with Ak Bars include being the MVP of the 2007 European Champion’s Cup (which his team won), leading the league in scoring again in 2007-08, and being the playoff MVP of the Kontinental Hockey League’s first championship, the Gagarin Cup, which Ak Bars won in 2009 and again in 2010. In international competition, Morozov has become Russia’s go-to leader since 2007. He led Russia in scoring at the World Championship in Moscow, where Russia won the bronze medal. Then, he captained Russia to back-to-back gold medals at the 2008 and 2009 World Championships, in Quebec, Canada and Bern, Switzerland. It is telling that since 2007, Russia lost only one World Championship match – a game that Morozov had to sit out due to an injury. Unsurprisingly, he was the captain of Russia’s 2010 Olympic hockey team and Russia’s flag-carrier at the opening ceremony in Vancouver.

Club Stats:

Season Team GP G A PTS +/- PIM
1993-94 Krylja Sovetov Moscow 7 0 0 0 0
1994-95 Krylja Sovetov Moscow 48 15 12 27 53
1995-96 Krylja Sovetov Moscow 47 13 9 22 26
1996-97 Krylja Sovetov Moscow 44 21 11 32 32
1997-98 Krylja Sovetov Moscow 6 2 1 3 4
1997-98 Pittsburgh 76 13 13 26 -4 8
1998-99 Pittsburgh 67 9 10 19 +5 14
1999-00 Pittsburgh 68 12 19 31 +12 14
2000-01 Pittsburgh 66 5 14 19 -8 6
2001-02 Pittsburgh 72 20 29 49 -7 16
2002-03 Pittsburgh 27 9 16 25 -3 16
2003-04 Pittsburgh 75 16 34 50 -24 24
2004-05 Ak Bars Kazan 58 20 27 47 +20 30
2005-06 Ak Bars Kazan 51 23 25 48 +30 69
2006-07 Ak Bars Kazan 53 34 49 83 +36 36
2007-08 Ak Bars Kazan 57 30 33 63 +26 34
2008-09 Ak Bars Kazan 49 33 39 72 +22 22
2009-10 Ak Bars Kazan 50 26 23 49 +1 24
2010-11 Ak Bars Kazan 53 21 35 56 +27 24
2011-12 Ak Bars Kazan 53 21 29 50 +10 24
2012-13 Ak Bars Kazan 51 12 26 38 +14 20
Totals RHL/KHL Reg. Season 627 271 319 590 398
Totals RHL/KHL Playoffs 121 49 73 122 58
Totals NHL Reg. Season 451 84 135 219 -29 98
Totals NHL Playoffs 39 4 5 9 -3 8

National Team Stats:

Year Tournament GP G A PTS PIM
1996 World U20 7 5 3 8 2
1997 World U20 6 5 3 8 6
1997 World Championship 9 3 3 6 2
1998 Olympic Games 6 2 2 4 0
1998 World Championship 4 0 3 3 2
2004 World Championship 6 1 1 2 4
2007 World Championship 7 8 5 13 6
2008 World Championship 8 5 2 7 4
2009 World Championship 9 1 4 5 0
2010 Olympic Games 4 2 0 2 0
2011 World Championship 9 1 3 4 8
Totals U20 Level 13 10 6 16 8
Totals Senior Level 62 23 23 46 26

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23
Jan
10

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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