A major change has come to the Penguins organization.
On Wednesday evening, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Fenway Sports Group announced that longtime CEO David Morehouse has stepped down after 16 years in the organization.
According to an official team release, president of hockey operations Brian Burke and senior vice president Kevin Acklin will continue to run the day-to-day operations of the club until a replacement is found.
"I want to thank Ron Burkle and Mario Lemieux for taking a chance on me in 2007 and giving this Pittsburgh kid the dream of a lifetime to run his hometown hockey team," said Morehouse in a statement.
"During those 16 years, I've been lucky enough that this never felt like a "job." It always felt like a partnership - with ownership, players, coaches, staff, and Pittsburgh fans. We had some incredible times together, including three Stanley Cups and watching Pittsburgh turn into a true hockey town."
Morehouse did not provide a reason as to why he chose to step down at this time, with the playoffs only a few days away.
During Morehouse's tenure, the Penguins recorded a home game sell-out streak that spanned 14 consecutive years, with Morehouse also playing a key role in the construction of the Penguins' practice facility, UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex, which officially opened in 2015.
Morehouse's decision to move on from the organization he's spent nearly two decades with comes roughly five months after Fenway Sports Group's purchase of the Penguins was officially approved. At the time, the expectation was that the day-to-day operations of the club would not change, with Morehouse, Burke, and Acklin continuing in their current positions. Perhaps something changed in the months since.
Either way, one chapter in Penguins ownership history has ended, with the next yet to begin.