Morozov named KHL president


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Alexei Morozov in 2017. -- KHL

Alexei Morozov has been named the new president of the KHL, Igor Eronko of the Russian Sport-Express reported on Thursday.

An announcement from the KHL is expected to come on Friday.

Morozov will be the third KHL president in the league's history. From the league's inception in 2008 to 2015, the league was led by Alexander Medvedev. He was replaced by Dmitry Chernyshenko, who was president until January of this year.

Morozov has been president of the major junior Russian club Krylya Sovetov Moscow in the MHL since 2016.

Morozov, who turns 43 next week, played in 451 games with the Penguins from 1997-04, scoring 84 goals (12 of which came against the Devils) and 135 assists. In his last season in Pittsburgh, in 2003-04, he led all Penguins forwards in points with 50 (16 goals, 34 assists) in 75 games.

Morozov signed with Ak Bars Kazan of the KHL during the 2004-05 lockout and never returned to the NHL. He was named captain in 2007, and remained with Ak Bars Kazan through the 2012-13 season.

He signed with HC CSKA Moscow in 2013, and played one season in his hometown before retiring.

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