Russian forward Sergei Mozyakin, who spent his entire pro career in his native Russia and holds a number of KHL scoring records throughout his 20+ year career, in addition to a number of international Gold medals, today announced his retirement from Metallurg Magnitogorsk at the age of 40.
A product of his hometown Lokomotiv Yaroslavl youth team, Mozyakin debuted for the senior Torpedo team in 1997, first joining the Russian Top Division with CSKA Moscow in 2000-01, spending five seasons with the Red Army. Mozyakin joined Khimik Mytishchi in 2006, spending two seasons before the team was absorbed into the newly-formed KHL in 2008 (as Atlant Mytishchi), captaining Atlant for his final two out of three seasons with Mytishchi and leading the league in points in 2008-09 and 2009-10. It was in 2011 that Mozyakin joined Metallurg, immediately captaining the team, and propelling himself and the team to the elite tier of the KHL during his decade in Magnitogorsk. Mozyakin led Metallurg to Gagarin Cup titles in 2014 and 2016 and a finals appearance in 2017, and was a four-time Golden Stick winner as league MVP. Mozyakin was a KHL All-Star all twelve seasons of his league career, and retires as the league’s all time goals (419) and points (928) leader in 842 career games.
Surprisingly, Mozyakin did not participate in any Russian junior play, not making his national team debut until the 2003-04 Euro Hockey Tour, the first of twelve Tour appearances between 2003 and 2018, which saw Russia capture seven Tour titles. Mozyakin made his World Championship debut in 2006, his first of eight appearances, coming away with medals six times – Gold in 2008 and 2009, Silver in 2010 and 2015, and Bronze in 2016 and 2017, captaining the team at the latter, his final Worlds tournament. Mozyakin also holds the distinction as a rare KHL “Triple Gold” winner of the Gagarin Cup, World Championship and Olympics, being a member of the 2018 Olympic Athletes From Russia squad that captured Gold in PyeongChang.
Over the course of his career, Mozyakin held the IHLC a total of six times, first on the 2006-07 Euro Hockey Tour, with the final coming with winning his Olympic title in Korea. We wish Sergei and his family the very best for his retirement and the things to come!