14 February 1975|
Tolyatti, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|Height||6 ft 4 in (193 cm)|
|Weight||235 lb (107 kg; 16 st 11 lb)|
6th overall, 1993|
San Jose Sharks
Viktor Nikolayevich Kozlov (Russian: Виктор Николаевич Козлов; born 14 February 1975) is a retired Russian professional ice hockey center and coach. He is currently the assistant coach of the Kontinental Hockey League's Metallurg Magnitogorsk.
Kozlov was drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the first round as the sixth overall selection in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft. Kozlov scored his first career goal for the Sharks against Ed Belfour and the Chicago Blackhawks on 21 March 1995 in a 7–3 Sharks loss. He would play a few seasons in San Jose before being traded to the Florida Panthers on 13 November 1997. It would be in Florida, playing with Pavel Bure, that Kozlov would have his best years. His best season was during the 1999–2000 season when he set career highs in assists and points. He played with the Panthers until 1 March 2004, when he was traded to the New Jersey Devils for Christian Berglund and Victor Uchevatov.
Kozlov was signed as a free agent by the New York Islanders in 2006. On December 3, 2006, he recorded his second career hat trick and first career four-goal game. Despite a hat trick of his own by Brendan Shanahan, the Islanders defeated rival New York Rangers 7–4 at Madison Square Garden. The four goals gave him a total of six in a 24-hour period — he had scored twice the previous night in Pittsburgh against the Penguins.
On 1 July 2007, Kozlov signed a two-year contract with the Washington Capitals. On 15 April 2009, after 15 NHL seasons Kozlov scored his first playoff goal as a member of the Capitals.
On 9 June 2009, Salavat Yulaev Ufa signed Kozlov to a three-year contract, signifying the end of his successful NHL career. In each season with Salavat, Kozlov helped the club qualify for the post-season and was part of the leadership group, Captaining for one year.
Kozlov opted to sign as a free agent on a two-year contract with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl from the 2012–13 season. In scoring just 1 goal in 21 games, Kozlov was traded to fellow KHL club, HC CSKA Moscow on January 9, 2013. Plagued by injury throughout his tenure with CSKA, Kozlov missed the entire 2013–14 campaign.
Regular season and playoffs
|1994–95||San Jose Sharks||NHL||16||2||0||2||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|1994–95||Kansas City Blades||IHL||4||1||1||2||0||13||4||5||9||12|
|1995–96||Kansas City Blades||IHL||15||4||7||11||12||—||—||—||—||—|
|1995–96||San Jose Sharks||NHL||62||6||13||19||6||—||—||—||—||—|
|1996–97||San Jose Sharks||NHL||78||16||25||41||40||—||—||—||—||—|
|1997–98||San Jose Sharks||NHL||18||5||2||7||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|2003–04||New Jersey Devils||NHL||11||2||4||6||2||2||0||0||0||0|
|2005–06||New Jersey Devils||NHL||69||12||13||25||16||3||0||0||0||0|
|2006–07||New York Islanders||NHL||81||25||26||51||28||5||0||2||2||2|
|2009–10||Salavat Yulayev Ufa||KHL||48||10||18||28||43||16||3||4||7||0|
|2010–11||Salavat Yulayev Ufa||KHL||48||17||15||32||14||21||4||6||10||2|
|2011–12||Salavat Yulayev Ufa||KHL||36||10||16||26||8||6||1||0||1||2|
|2013–14||CSKA Moscow||KHL||Did not play (injury)|
- "Chicago Blackhawks at San Jose Sharks boxscore". hockeyreference.com. 1995-03-21. Retrieved 2008-03-05.
- "Islanders rout Rangers behind Kozlov career night". National Hockey League. 2006-12-03. Retrieved 2008-04-15.
- "Viktor Kozlov signs three-year deal with Ufa". HC Salavat Yulaev Ufa. 2009-06-09. Retrieved 2009-06-09.
- "Motorist sign a contract with famous striker Viktor Kozlov" (in Russian). Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg. 2014-06-19. Retrieved 2014-06-19.
- "Changes and Appointments in the Coaching Staff of HC Metallurg" (in Russian). Metallurg Magnitogorsk. 2015-10-19.
- Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Eurohockey.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or The Internet Hockey Database
| San Jose Sharks first round draft pick