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Vyacheslav "Slava" Anatolevich Kozlov ( , born May 3, 1972, in Voskresenskmarker, Soviet Unionmarker) is a Russian ice hockey left winger and alternate captain who currently plays for the Atlanta Thrashers of the National Hockey League. He 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.

Playing career

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 Detroitmarker 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 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.

Buffalo Sabres

Kozlov played for Detroit until the summer of 2001, when he was traded to the Buffalo Sabres in the trade that put Dominik Hašek in a Red Wings jersey. After one injury-shortened season in Buffalomarker, Kozlov was traded to the Atlanta Thrashers.

Atlanta Thrashers

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 re-signed with the Atlanta Thrashers on July 4, 2007, with a 3-year, $11–million contract.

Kozlov played his 1000th 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.

Awards

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1987–88 Khimik Voskresensk USSR 2 0 0 0 0
1988–89 Khimik Voskresensk USSR 14 0 1 1 2
1989–90 Khimik Voskresensk USSR 45 14 12 26 38
1990–91 Khimik Voskresensk USSR 45 11 13 24 46
1991–92 HC CSKA Moscow CIS 11 6 5 11 12
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 HC CSKA Moscow IHL 10 3 4 7 14
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
2001–02 Buffalo Sabres NHL 38 9 13 22 16
2002–03 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 79 21 49 70 66
2003–04 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 76 20 32 52 74
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
2005–06 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 82 25 46 71 33
2006–07 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 81 28 52 80 36 4 0 0 0 6
2007–08 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 82 17 24 41 26
2008–09 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 82 26 50 76 44
NHL totals 1127 348 479 827 671 118 42 37 79 82


International play

  • Played for the Soviet Union in the 1988 European Junior Championships.
  • Played for the Soviet Union in the 1989 European Junior Championships.
  • Played for the Soviet Union in the 1990 World Junior Championships.
  • Played for the Soviet Union in the 1990 European Junior Championships.
  • Played for the Soviet Union in the 1991 World Junior Championships.
  • Played for the Soviet Union in the 1991 World Championships.
  • Played for the Soviet Union in the 1991 Canada Cup.
  • Played for Team Russia in the 1994 World Championships.
  • Played for Team Russia in the 1996 World Cup of Hockey.


International statistics

Year Team Event Place   GP G A Pts PIM
1990 Soviet Union WJC 7 4 7 11 0
1991 Soviet Union WJC 7 3 9 12 12
1991 Soviet Union WC 10 3 4 7 10
1991 Soviet Union CC 5th 5 1 2 3 6
1994 Russia WC 5th 1 0 0 0 4
1996 Russia WCH SF 5 1 2 3 8
Int'l totals 21 5 8 13 28


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