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Ex-Penguin Morozov retires

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Aug 25 2014 02:16:51 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 25 2014 02:35:22 PM CDT
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Former Pittsburgh Penguins right winger Aleksey Morozov announced his retirement.

Morozov, 37, has been playing in Russia since the NHL lockout-canceled 2004-05 campaign. He spent seven seasons in Pittsburgh.

"I took the decision for myself some time ago on vacation. I already had the decision in my head and can now announce it: I decided to end my career as a hockey player," Morozov told Russian news outlet R-Sport on Sunday. "It's a deliberate decision. I don't want to move from club to club, running and looking for something. I have never done that in my career and don't want to do that now. Therefore I decided that it would be better for me to end my career."

Morozov, 37, was selected by Pittsburgh in the first round (24th overall) of the 1995 NHL Draft. He left his native Russia to join the Penguins at the age of 20 and made his NHL debut on Oct. 1, 1997 vs. Los Angeles, scoring a goal in the game.

Morozov went on to play seven consecutive seasons with Pittsburgh from 1997-04, finishing with 84 goals, 135 assists and 219 points in 451 career regular-season games. He also skated in 39 postseason games for Pittsburgh, helping the Penguins reach the Eastern Conference Final in 2001.

Morozov's last three seasons in Pittsburgh were his most successful, as he played on a line with Mario Lemieux and Alex Kovalev.

Overall, Morozov represented Russia in seven World Championships and two Olympic Winter Games. He won silver in Nagano in 1998 and captained Team Russia in Vancouver in 2010.

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