Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Vyacheslav Kozlov
A centre with excellent speed, quickness, and scoring ability, Slava Kozlov was born in Voskresensk, USSR, Kozlov played with Khimik club for four years and competed against NHL clubs for the first time during the 1990-91 Friendly Tour in Moscow. He played for the USSR at European Junior Championships in 1990 where he was named the top forward and placed on the tournament all-star team. Kozlov scored 11 points in seven games when the USSR won silver at the World Junior Championships in 1990. That year he was also named the USSR Rookie-of-the-Year and was drafted 45th overall by the Detroit Red Wings.

Kozlov suited up for the senior national team when they won the bronze medal at the 1991 World Championships and competed in the Canada Cup later that year. He joined Detroit for seven games in 1991-92 then played most of 1992-93 in the AHL with the Adirondack Red Wings where he adjusted to the smaller ice surface and North American style of play.

Kozlov scored 34 goals in 77 games in his first full year in 1993-94 and helped the Wings register 100 points in the regular season. The talented forward became constant in the Wings' lineup. He cored 36 goals in 1995-96 and enjoyed solid post-seasons when Detroit won consecutive Stanley Cups in 1997 and 1998. Recently, Kozlov has been a solid two-way 20-goal producer for the Wings while they have remained near the top of the NHL standings.

After ten seasons in the Red Wings organization, Kozlov was traded to the Buffalo Sabres as part of a deal that saw Dominik Hasek head to Detroit. Kozlov spent one injury plagued season in Buffalo before being dealt to the Atlanta Thrashers just prior to the 2002-03 season. In his first season with the Thrashers, Kozlov reached the 70-point plateau for the first time since the 1995-96 season and continued to be one of the club's offensive leaders. After another productive season in Atlanta, Kozlov returned home due to the NHL lockout and split his time between Voskresensk and Ak Bars Kazan of the Russian Super League. He returned to Atlanta and the NHL the following season and once again reached the 70-point plateau while the Thrashers showed signs of improvement.

In 2006-07, Kozlov appeared in 81 games for the Thrashers and recorded a career-best 80 points (28 goals, 52 assists). His offensive contributions helped the Thrashers earn their first Southeast Division championship and a birth into the playoffs. However the upstart club would be quickly swept by the New York Ranges in only the first round of the playoffs.

In the seasons that followed, the veteran winger would serve as an elder statesman on a young Thrashers club, continuing to put up impressive offensive numbers along the way.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1987-88 Khimik Voskresensk USSR 2 0 0 0 0
1987-88 Soviet Union EJC-A 5 2 1 3 4
1988-89 Khimik Voskresensk USSR 14 0 1 1 2
1988-89 Soviet Union EJC-A 6 5 7 12 8
1989-90 Khimik Voskresensk USSR 45 14 12 26 38
1989-90 Khimik Voskresensk Fr-Tour
1989-90 Soviet Union WJC-A 7 4 7 11 0
1989-90 Soviet Union EJC-A 6 9 10 19 11
1990-91 Khimik Voskresensk USSR 45 11 13 24 46
1990-91 Khimik Voskresensk Fr-Tour 1 2 0 2 0
1990-91 Soviet Union WJC-A 7 3 9 12 12
1990-91 Soviet Union WEC-A 10 3 4 7 10
1991-92 Soviet Union Can-Cup 5 1 2 3 6
1991-92 CSKA Moscow CIS 11 6 5 11 12
1991-92 Detroit Red Wings NHL 7 0 2 2 2 -2
1992-93 Detroit Red Wings NHL 17 4 1 5 14 -1 4 0 2 2 2
1992-93 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 45 23 36 59 54 4 1 1 2 4
1993-94 Detroit Red Wings NHL 77 34 39 73 50 +27 7 2 5 7 12
1993-94 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 3 0 1 1 15
1993-94 Russia WC-A 1 0 0 0 4
1994-95 CSKA Moscow CIS 10 3 4 7 14
1994-95 Detroit Red Wings NHL 46 13 20 33 45 +12 18 9 7 16 10
1995-96 Detroit Red Wings NHL 82 36 37 73 70 +33 19 5 7 12 10
1996-97 Russia W-Cup 5 1 2 3 8
1996-97 Detroit Red Wings NHL 75 23 22 45 46 +21 20 8 5 13 14
1997-98 Detroit Red Wings NHL 80 25 27 52 46 +14 22 6 8 14 10
1998-99 Detroit Red Wings NHL 79 29 29 58 45 +10 10 6 1 7 4
1999-00 Detroit Red Wings NHL 72 18 18 36 28 +11 8 2 1 3 12
2000-01 Detroit Red Wings NHL 72 20 18 38 30 +9 6 4 1 5 2
2001-02 Buffalo Sabres NHL 38 9 13 22 16 0
2002-03 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 79 21 49 70 66 -10
2003-04 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 76 20 32 52 74 -12
2004-05 Khimik Moscow Region (Voskresensk) Russia 38 12 18 30 69
2004-05 Ak Bars Kazan Russia 8 2 4 6 0 4 1 0 1 8
2005-06 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 82 25 46 71 33 +14
2006-07 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 81 28 52 80 36 +9 4 0 0 0 6
2007-08 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 82 17 24 41 26 -10
2008-09 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 82 26 50 76 44 -14
2009-10 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 55 8 18 26 33 -15
2010-11 CSKA Moscow KHL 40 11 14 25 20
2010-11 Salavat Yulayev Ufa KHL 4 1 1 2 0 21 2 7 9 14
2011-12 OHK Dynamo Moscow KHL 44 8 15 23 22 6 0 0 0 2
2012-13 Spartak Moscow KHL 13 4 4 8 10 5 1 2 3 6
NHL Totals 1182 356 497 853 704 118 42 37 79 82


USSR Rookie of the Year (1990) Traded to Buffalo by Detroit with Detroit's 1st round choice (later traded to Columbus, later traded to Atlanta - Atlanta selected Jim Slater) in 2002 Entry Draft for Dominik Hasek, July 1, 2001.
Missed majority of 2001-02 due to Achilles tendon injury vs. Columbus, December 31, 2001. Traded to Atlanta by Buffalo with Buffalo's 2nd round choice (later traded to Columbus - Columbus selected Joakim Lindstrom) in 2003 Entry Draft for Atlanta's 2nd round choice (later traded to Edmonton - Edmonton selected Jeff Deslauriers) in 2003 Entry Draft and Vancouver's 3rd round choice (previously acquired, Buffalo selected John Adams) in 2003 Entry Draft, June 22, 2002. Signed as a free agent by Voskresensk (Russia), September 15, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Kazan (Russia), February 17, 2005. Signed as a free agent by CSKA Moscow (KHL), September 29, 2010.