Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Aleksey Morozov
Alexei Morozov came up through the Russian hockey system and played for his country at the World Junior Championships in 1996. He was selected in the first round, 24th overall in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins but remained in Russia through the 1996-97 season.

Morozov represented Russia at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, winning silver. Morozov began the 1997-98 season in Russia, but joined the Penguins soon after the NHL season began, dressing for 76 games and was a key player with Russia's Olympic Team in Nagano. In his first Olympic experience, Morozov registered 4 points (2-2-4) in six games and helped Russia capture a silver medal. After representing his homeland in Nagano, Morozov was called for duty again later that spring as a member of Russia's World Championship team.

Morozov continued to improve his game and seemed to be playing at a higher level more often, despite battling injuries. However, he played with far greater consistency in 2001-02, and it showed in the statistics as he put together his best offensive season in the NHL in five years, finishing the season with 49 points on the strength of his first 20 goal season. Despite his improved play, the Penguins struggled and failed to make the playoffs.

In 2002-03 Morozov was on his way to a career year offensively before a broken wrist sidelined him for the remainder of the regular season. The offensively gifted forward had 25 points in 27 games before suffering the injury, yet was able to rebound in 2003-04. Morozov went on to establish a career high in points with 50, and went on to make his second appearance at the World Championsips.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1993-94 Krylja Sovetov Moscow CIS 7 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 2
1994-95 Krylja Sovetov Moscow CIS 48 15 12 27 53 4 0 3 3 0
1995-96 Krylja Sovetov Moscow CIS 47 13 9 22 26
1995-96 Russia WJC-A 7 5 3 8 2
1996-97 Krylja Sovetov Moscow Russia 44 21 11 32 32 2 0 1 1 2
1996-97 Russia WJC-A 6 5 3 8 6
1996-97 Russia WC-A 9 3 3 6 2
1997-98 Krylja Sovetov Moscow Russia 6 2 1 3 4
1997-98 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 76 13 13 26 8 -4 6 0 1 1 2
1997-98 Russia Olympics 6 2 2 4 0
1997-98 Russia WC-A 4 0 3 3 2
1998-99 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 67 9 10 19 14 +5 10 1 1 2 0
1999-00 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 68 12 19 31 14 +12 5 0 0 0 0
2000-01 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 66 5 14 19 6 -8 18 3 3 6 6
2001-02 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 72 20 29 49 16 -7
2002-03 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 27 9 16 25 16 -3
2003-04 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 75 16 34 50 24 -24
2003-04 Russia WC-A 6 1 1 2 4 +1
2004-05 Ak Bars Kazan Russia 58 20 27 47 30 4 0 1 1 2
2005-06 Ak Bars Kazan Russia 51 23 25 48 69 13 13 13 26 8
2006-07 Ak Bars Kazan Russia 53 34 49 83 36 14 2 15 17 6
2006-07 Russia WC-A 7 8 5 13 6
2007-08 Ak Bars Kazan Russia 57 30 33 63 34 10 4 7 11 8
2007-08 Russia WC-A 8 5 2 7 4 +2
2008-09 Ak Bars Kazan KHL 49 33 39 72 22 21 10 11 21 12
2008-09 Russia WC-A 9 1 4 5 0 +3
2009-10 Ak Bars Kazan KHL 50 26 23 49 24 +1
2009-10 Russia Olympics 4 2 0 2 0 0
2010-11 Russia WC-A 9 1 3 4 8 -1
NHL Totals 451 84 135 219 98 39 4 5 9 8


EJC-A All-Star Team (1995)
CIS Rookie of the Year (1995)
WJC-A All-Star Team (1996)
Best Forward at WJC-A (1997)
Missed majority of 2002-03 due to wrist injury vs. Toronto, December 10, 2002. Signed as a free agent by Kazan (Russia), September 25, 2004.
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