The previous president, Dmitry Chernyshenko, who had been in post since November 2014, was appointed Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation on Jan. 21.
Morozov will continue in his role as Managing Director of the Junior Hockey League until a new person is elected to take over that role.
Gennady Timchenko, Chairman of the KHL Board of Directors
Dear friends, today we can confirm a change in the management team of the KHL. As you all know, our outgoing president Dmitry Nikolaevich Chernyshenko is taking up a post in the new Russian government, where he will serve as deputy Prime Minister. Among his many activities there, he will continue to oversee questions concerning sports in Russia and I’m sure we will continue to have close contact with him. I would like to record my deep gratitude to Dmitry Nikolaevich for all of his hard work over the last five years. Under his guidance, the league has reached a new level, steadily growing in line with our development strategy and improving in all areas – from becoming a more attractive investment prospect to boosting spectator interest and players’ skill levels, all while introducing technological advances. As deputy PM, Dmitry Nikolaevich will be responsible for many important, high-priority tasks. I am certain that his background in implementing bold, large-scale projects will help him to succeed in this role. I wish him every success.
The Board of Directors has chosen to award the position of KHL President to Alexey Morozov, who was previously vice-president for the development of junior hockey. I’m sure he is a man who needs no introduction to many, famed as a great player and one of the most exciting forwards in the history of Russian hockey. An Olympic silver medallist, a two-time World Champion and two-time Gagarin Cup winner. Alexey Alexeyevich has great authority in the world of hockey among players, coaches, club managers, journalists and, of course, fans. For almost five years he has worked effectively as the head of the Junior Hockey League and I’m sure he will have picked up vital experience in that role to help him move on to this bigger task. The members of the KHL Board of Directors unanimously approved his appointment as president. He has a huge amount of work ahead of him, but the path is clearly defined by our development strategy and the league will continue to follow that route steadily.
I would like to wish Alexey Alexeyevich success in his new role. He is beginning a new era in his career and I’m sure that once again he will emerge triumphant. He has all the necessary qualities to achieve this.
Born Moscow, Feb. 16, 1977
A professional hockey player, he learned the game at the Krylya Sovietov school in Moscow before going on to represent Krylya Sovietov, Ak Bars, CSKA and the Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL). He retired from playing in 2014.
As a dashing forward, he helped Team Russia to Olympic silver in Nagano in 1998 and was a key figure as Russia won back-to-back World Championships in 2008 and 2009. In club hockey he won two Gagarin Cups and a Russian Superleague with Ak Bars, as well as helping the Kazan club to lift the European Champions’ Cup. In 2010 he was the flagbearer for team Russia at the Vancouver Olympics.
On June 11, 2015, Morozov was elected as Managing Director of the Junior Hockey League. Six weeks later, he joined the board of the KHL.