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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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