Kozlov (right) during his tenure with the Atlanta Thrashers.
May 3, 1972 |
Voskresensk, Russian SFSR, URS
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Weight||190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)|
|National team|| Soviet Union
|NHL Draft||45th overall, 1990
Detroit Red Wings
Vyacheslav Anatolevich "Slava" Kozlov (Russian: Вячеслав Анатольевич Козлов; born May 3, 1972) is a Russian former professional ice hockey left winger. Kozlov is a two-time Stanley Cup champion (1997, 1998) from his years playing with the Detroit Red Wings. He has also played for the Buffalo Sabres and Atlanta Thrashers.
Detroit Red Wings
Kozlov was drafted 45th overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft. Kozlov made his NHL debut on March 12, 1992, recording two assists in Detroit's 5–4 win over the St. Louis Blues. He became a regular player with Detroit in the 1993–94 NHL season. After the Red Wings acquired Igor Larionov in 1995, coach Scotty Bowman created a 5–man Russian unit (the "Russian Five") consisting of forwards Kozlov, Sergei Fedorov and Igor Larionov, and defensemen Vladimir Konstantinov and Viacheslav Fetisov. This group helped Detroit to a Stanley Cup win in 1997. Kozlov was also a contributing member of the team during their second consecutive Stanley Cup run in 1998.
Kozlov played for Detroit until the summer of 2001, when he was traded to the Buffalo Sabres in a trade that put Dominik Hašek in a Red Wings jersey. After one injury-shortened season in Buffalo, Kozlov was traded to the Atlanta Thrashers.
Kozlov served some games as team captain due to captain rotation while spent his first season in Atlanta until Shawn McEachern was announced the only team captain for the rest of the 2002/03 season in February.
Since the inception of the shootout into NHL play in 2005, Kozlov has been known as the league's best scorer in the shootouts as of the end of season 08-09.
Kozlov played his 1,000th NHL game on December 26, 2007, against the Columbus Blue Jackets and his former Russian Five teammate, Sergei Fedorov. After scoring only 41 points during the 2007–08 season, many thought his scoring touch had disappeared. However, he bounced back in 2008–09 with one of the best seasons of his career, scoring 26 goals and 76 points.
Kozlov re-signed with the Atlanta Thrashers on July 4, 2007, with a three-year, $11–million contract with no trade clause. Rick Dudley announce that they would not re-sign Kozlov for the 2010-11 NHL season.
In 2010, Kozlov signed a 1-year deal with HC CSKA Moscow. In February 2011 Kozlov left CSKA to join playoff-bound Salavat Yulaev Ufa. He participated in the team's final four regular season games and all of its playoff contests. Ufa's star-studded team advanced to the KHL finals and captured the Gagarin Cup, beating Atlant Moscow Oblast 4 games to 1.
On May 19, 2011, he signed a one-year contract with HC Dynamo Moscow, with whom he won his second Gagarin Cup.
Kozlov joined HC Spartak Moscow late in the 2012–13 season, playing in just 13 games. On March 19, 2013, he signed a one-year extension with the team. He finished the 2013–14 season recording eight goals and 18 assists in 54 games.
After the 2014-15 season, Kozlov announced his retirement after playing 28 years of hockey. He is currently an assistant coach for Atlant Moscow Oblast
In October 1991, Kozlov was driving his car when a bus hit it. His passenger, fellow prospect Kirill Tarasov, was killed, and Kozlov suffered massive injuries, including a brain injury that put his playing future in doubt. After facial reconstruction surgery and lengthy rehabilitation, he was able to return to hockey. Kozlov and his wife, Tatyana, have 3 children: Nikita (1996), Ksenia (2004), and Alexandr (2013). Nikita plays tennis professionally in Spain, Ksenia resides in Atlanta, GA. Kozlov also appeared on an episode of the Fox Comedy the Simpsons
|Representing Soviet Union|
|Men's ice hockey|
|World Junior Championships|
- 1988 IIHF European Junior Championships
- 1989 IIHF European Junior Championships
- 1990 IIHF European Junior Championships
- 1990 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships
- 1991 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships
- 1991 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships
- 1991 Canada Cup
- 1994 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships
- 1996 World Cup of Hockey
Regular season and playoffs
|1991–92||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||7||0||2||2||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|1992–93||Adirondack Red Wings||AHL||45||23||36||59||54||4||1||1||2||4|
|1992–93||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||17||4||1||5||14||4||0||2||2||2|
|1993–94||Adirondack Red Wings||AHL||3||0||1||1||15||—||—||—||—||—|
|1993–94||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||77||34||39||73||50||7||2||5||7||12|
|1994–95||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||46||13||20||33||45||18||9||7||16||10|
|1995–96||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||82||36||37||73||70||19||5||7||12||10|
|1996–97||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||75||23||22||45||46||20||8||5||13||14|
|1997–98||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||80||25||27||52||46||22||6||8||14||10|
|1998–99||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||79||29||29||58||45||10||6||1||7||4|
|1999–00||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||72||18||18||36||28||8||2||1||3||12|
|2000–01||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||72||20||18||38||30||6||4||1||5||2|
|2004–05||Khimik Moscow Oblast||RSL||38||12||18||30||69||—||—||—||—||—|
|2004–05||Ak Bars Kazan||RSL||8||2||4||6||0||4||1||0||1||8|
|2010–11||Salavat Yulaev Ufa||KHL||4||1||1||2||0||21||2||7||9||14|
|2014–15||Atlant Moscow Oblast||KHL||46||5||8||13||18||—||—||—||—||—|
- 2-time Stanley Cup winner (1997, 1998)
- 2-time Gagarin Cup winner (2011, 2012)
- Dan Snyder Memorial Award (2007)
- Atlanta Inquirer 10-26-2002
- Atlanta Inquirer 02-08-2003
- «Суперстар» в «Атланте» (in Russian). Atlant Moscow Oblast. July 15, 2014. Retrieved July 15, 2014.
- "Former Red Wing Slava Kozlov recalls defection from Soviet Union". "The Hockey Writers". October 14, 2009.
- Vyacheslav Kozlov's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Vyacheslav Kozlov's career statistics at EliteProspects.com
- Vyacheslav Kozlov's player profile at NHL.com
|Winner of the Dan Snyder Memorial Award