Pittsburgh Penguins CEO David Morehouse stepped down on Wednesday, ending a 16-year run with the franchise that included three Stanley Cup titles.
Morehouse did not provide an explanation for his decision in a release. The Penguins changed ownership last fall when Fenway Sports Group bought the club from Hall of Famers Mario Lemieux and Ron Berkeley.
“I am confident that the Penguins’ future with Fenway Sports Group is in good hands,” Morehouse said in a statement. “The new ownership group prioritizes winning and that has always been the philosophy of the Pittsburgh Penguins. They have experience running successful franchises and we already have some of the best employees in the sport. Together, the Penguins’ legacy is sure to continue. ”
Morehouse served as an advisor on the team’s field project in 2004 and was appointed as team president in 2007, before being promoted to CEO in August 2010. The Penguins won the Stanley Cup in 2009, 2016 and 2017 during Morehouse’s tenure.
Pittsburgh advanced to the playoffs for a 16th consecutive season, the longest active streak in North American professional sports. In the process the Penguins have become one of the hottest tickets to the NHL. The club had a series of domestic sales of 633 games that spanned from February 14, 2007 to October 16, 2021.
Team President Brian Burke and Chief Operating Officer Kevin Acklin will run day-to-day operations for the club, which concludes the regular season against Columbus on Friday night at home.
“David presided over an era that is formidable in every way. We look forward to building a new arena, record sales and the Stanley Cup championship during this remarkable period,” FSG principal owner John Henry and chairman Tom Werner said in a statement. “David has been instrumental in making the Penguins one of the most successful franchises in the NHL and we are grateful for the immense time, energy and love he has put into the organization.” put in.”