This home white air-knit gamer by CCM and Eastside was worn by Vyacheslav Kozlov during the 1994-95 NHL season, Stanley Cup playoffs and thru the Finals. The Detroit Red Wings selected Kozlov in the 3rd round of the 1990 NHL Entry Draft. After competing for a number of years in his native Russia and winning the USSR Rookie of the Year honors in 1990, Kozlov joined the Red Wings for the first time in 1991-92 and began what would turn into a 10-year run in Detroit and an 18-year NHL career. Slava spent a season with the Buffalo Sabres after leaving the Wings and then finished his NHL career with 7 seasons in Atlanta. Most recently, Kozlov has been skating for the past 3 years in Russia’s KHL. During his Detroit years, this dynamic winger appeared in 3 Stanley Cup Finals and walked away with 2 Championship rings. This 30-goal man ended his NHL career with a respectable 356 goals and 853 points. Internationally, Kozlov represented Russia in the World Championships, the 1991 Canada Cup and the inaugural World Cup of Hockey in 1996.
Sewn to the right breast of this gamer is the 1995 Stanley Cup Finals patch. The 1995 Finals were a pre-cursor of great things to come for this franchise, as merely 2 years later the Wings would capture their first of back-to-back Cup titles in what would be a total of 3 during the Stevie Y era in Detroit. The game wear on this playoff set size 50 sweater is solid and consists of numerous stick and slash marks, board burns, un-repaired burn holes, washed out bloodstains, heavy pilling both inside and out along with a fight strap that has lost the battle to salt and rust.
This was the jersey that Slava was wearing when New Jersey Devils Captain, Scott Stevens, knocked him cold during game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Shown above are some fantastic video matched highlights of Kozlov wearing this exact jersey during the 2nd game of the Stanley Cup Finals, including the infamous Stevens incident. On the inside hem is the official Detroit Red Wings game worn jersey and Stanley Cup set information. A wonderful video matched offering that was worn by one of Detroit’s band of Russian brethren during their first trip to the Stanley Cup Finals, choice!