Aleksey Morozov Announces His Retirement From Hockey

Aleksey Morozov, who played for the Pittsburgh Penguins from 1997-04, is ready to hang ’em up.

The 37-year-old right-winger has announced he’s retiring from hockey, after spending nine years in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), according to Michelle Crechiolo of the Pens’ website.

Morozov had signed a two-year contract with CSKA Moscow last summer, and was named captain of the team, but after recording just 23 points last season – which was his lowest total since 2000-01 – the team opted to terminate his deal, according to Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Morozov, 37, had bolted to Russia during the 2004-05 lockout, after spending seven seasons with the Penguins, and played for both AK Bars Kazan and CSKA Moscow.

Selected by Pittsburgh in the first-round (24th overall) of the 1995 NHL Draft, Morozov started his career off slow with Pittsburgh, but then was placed on a line alongside Alexei Kovalev and Mario Lemieux.

For the first four seasons Morozov was rostered with the Pens, he compiled 95 points (39G, 56A) in 277 regular-season games. However, in the three campaigns he spent playing with Kovalev and Lemieux, he racked up 124 points (45G, 79A) in 174 regular-season outings.

Morozov was the captain of the Russian national team between 2007-11. The squad wound up winning two golds, one silver, and one bronze at the World Championships.