Morozov on playing in the USA: "You always get the blame"
Alexei Morozov spent seven years playing with the Pittsburgh Penguins before making a move back to Russia prior to the 2004-05 hockey season. He recently spoke to Alexei Shevchenko on the KHL's official website, and commented on Ilya Kovalchuk's recent retirement from the NHL and what his experience was like playing in North America.
I’m satisfied with my time in America and I learned a lot there, but it’s still a foreign country where the way they treat you is completely different to Russia. They do try to get the best out of you, but then again, you always get the blame if even the slightest thing goes wrong.
Morozov was also asked if he knew that Kovalchuk was going to return to Russia:
(Kovalchuk) would have liked to stay on in Russia last season but back then the legalities made it impossible, but yes, I knew. He did not say very much because I think he didn’t want to tempt fate, but he told me a few times that he was poised to make a return.
Morozov scored 84 goals and 135 assists in 451 games with the Penguins. He spent nine years with Kazan Ak-Bars before making a move to CSKA Moscow this summer.