Vyacheslav Kozlov

Team CSKA Moscow CSKA Moscow
Position Left Wing
Born May 3, 1972
Nationality Russian Federation Russian Federation
Nickname Slava
Team History
CSKA Moscow CSKA Moscow 2010 - present
Atlanta Thrashers Atlanta Thrashers 2002 - 2010
Buffalo Sabres Buffalo Sabres 2001 - 2002

Vyacheslav Kozlov is a Russian left winger on CSKA Moscow.

Slava was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in 1990, after playing for Khimik Moscow of the Russian Super League. After being drafted, he played another season with HC CSKA Moscow, before joining the Red Wings in 1992. In 1993-94, Kozlov broke out as one of the league’s top scorers, finishing with 34 goals and 39 points in his first full NHL season. Kozlov played well on the Wings, due in part to the fact that he played with four other Russian stars who had developed under the same style of play that he had. He won a Stanley Cup with the Wings in 1997. He was traded to Buffalo in 2001, for Dominik Hasek, but spent only one season with the Sabres before being traded to the Thrashers. In Atlanta, Kozlov saw a rejuvenation to his career, scoring 70 points in his first season with the club. In 2006-07, he set career highs with 52 assists and 80 points. He played another three seasons with the Thrashers, breaking the 75-point plateau again in 2008-09, when he had 50 assists and 76 points. He was limited to just 55 games in 2009-10, and opted to return to his original team for the 2010-11 season.

Kozlov played for the USSR at 7 international competitions, as well as playing for Team Russia at the 1994 and 1996 World Cups.

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