Former Pittsburgh Penguin, Russian Olympian Alexei Morozov elected new president KHL
After spending almost 5 years as managing director of the Russian junior league, Alexei Morozov has been unanimously elected the brand new president of the KHL. Morozov, 42, performed seven seasons with the Penguins and represented Russia on the 1998 and 2010 Olympics.Alexei Morozov|Sergei BobylevTASS through Getty ImagesChanges are coming on the prime of the KHL as outgoing president Dmitry Chernyshenko, who has held the put up since November 2014, is about to get replaced by Alexei Morozov.
After hypothesis Morozov can be the inheritor to Chernyshenko, the KHL made it official when the 42-year-old was elected to the place unanimously by the league’s Board of Administrators. The promotion to president of Russia’s prime league, and a circuit thought-about by some to be the second-best on the planet, comes after Morozov spent almost 5 years as managing director of the MHL, the Russian junior league. Till his alternative is discovered, Morozov will keep it up in that capability.
“(Morozov) has nice authority on the planet of hockey amongst gamers, coaches, membership managers, journalists and, in fact, followers,” Gennady Timchenko, chairman of the KHL’s Board of Administrators, stated in an announcement. “For nearly 5 years he has labored successfully as the pinnacle of the Junior Hockey League and I’m certain he could have picked up important expertise in that function to assist him transfer on to this larger process…He has an enormous quantity of labor forward of him, however the path is clearly outlined by our growth technique and the league will proceed to observe that route steadily.”
The change comes as Chernyshenko leaves the KHL to maneuver into Russian authorities obligation because the deputy Prime Minister. Timchenko famous the league’s development and growth throughout Chernyshenko’s time as KHL president. Chernyshenko had beforehand been the president of Sochi’s 2014 Olympic Organizing Committee and was a part of the coordination fee for the 2022 Olympics, however later misplaced that put up on account of the Russian doping scandal.
Morozov is thought finest stateside for his seven seasons spent with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Drafted within the first spherical, 24th general, within the 1995 draft by the Penguins, Morozov made his method to the NHL as a 20-year-old forward of the 1997-98 marketing campaign. Although he was a roster fixture all through his time in Pittsburgh, he was affected by inconsistency, typically following up a powerful season with a step backwards and struggling a statistical decline each second season. To wit, he debuted with 26 factors in 76 video games, scored 19 in 67 video games as a sophomore, notched 31 the following season however adopted that up with one other 19-point marketing campaign. His finest offensive output got here in his remaining marketing campaign within the NHL, when he scored 16 targets and 50 factors throughout the 2003-04 season.
On account of the lockout season, nonetheless, Morozov returned to Russia and suited up for Ak Bars Kazan alongside the likes of Ilya Kovalchuk, Alexei Kovalev and Vincent Lecavalier, amongst others. That season, Morozov established himself as one of many league’s premier offensive gamers, ending third in scoring with 47 factors in 58 video games and profitable the Russian League’s MVP award. He remained Kazan for the following eight campaigns, captaining the outfit from 2007-08 to 2012-13, earlier than ending his profession after a remaining season with CSKA Moscow. Throughout his keep within the KHL, he gained two Gagarin Cups, one post-season MVP award and was a four-time all-star.
Morozov was additionally a adorned worldwide participant, profitable two World Championship golds, one World Championship bronze and earned a finest ahead and all-star honor on the 2007 event. Previous to that, he was a standout world junior participant and cracked Russia’s Olympic squad on the 1998 Nagano Olympics. He completed fifth in scoring with 4 factors for the silver medal-winning Russian group. On the 2010 Vancouver Video games, his second Olympics, Morozov was the flag-bearer for Russia.
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