Vyacheslav Anatolevich "Slava" Kozlov (Russian: Вячеслав Анатольевич Козлов; born May 3, 1972) is a Russian former professional ice hockey left winger. Kozlov won the Stanley Cup in 1997 and 1998 with the Detroit Red Wings. He also played for the Buffalo Sabres and Atlanta Thrashers.
Kozlov (right) during his tenure with the Atlanta Thrashers.
May 3, 1972|
Voskresensk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Weight||190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)|
Detroit Red Wings
Ak Bars Kazan
Salavat Yulaev Ufa
Soviet Union and|
45th overall, 1990|
Detroit Red Wings
Detroit Red WingsEdit
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 as part of a package for Dominik Hašek. After one injury-shortened season in Buffalo, Kozlov was traded to the Atlanta Thrashers.
Kozlov served as team captain for Atlanta as part of a rotating captaincy during his first season in Atlanta until Shawn McEachern was announced as the sole 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 2008-09.
Kozlov re-signed with the Thrashers on July 4, 2007, with a three-year, $11–million contract with no trade clause. 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, he bounced back in 2008–09 with one of the best seasons of his career, scoring 26 goals and 76 points.
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 Spartak Moscow.
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 three children: Nikita, Ksenia, and Alexandr. Nikita plays tennis professionally. Kozlov is the brother-in-law of former NHL player Evgeny Namestnikov and uncle of current New York Rangers forward Vladislav Namestnikov.
|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 playoffsEdit
|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|
|1999–2000||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||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|
- 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. Italic or bold markup not allowed in:
- "Former Red Wing Slava Kozlov recalls defection from Soviet Union". "The Hockey Writers". October 14, 2009.