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Ex-NHLer Recchi joins Penguins as player development coach

Jul 18, 2014, 6:36 PM EDT

Mark Recchi AP

The Pittsburgh Penguins continued to reshape their coaching staff by hiring former NHL forward Mark Recchi to serve as the player development coach.

Recchi was originally drafted by the Penguins in 1988, but he was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers in 1992. He rejoined the Penguins as a free agent in July 2004, but only played in 63 games with Pittsburgh before they traded him again, this time to Carolina. Despite that, he signed with Pittsburgh for a third stint that started with the 2006-07 campaign. The Penguins held onto Recchi for a little over a season before they lost him on waivers.

He ended up playing in 1,652 career games with seven different teams and won the Stanley Cup in 1991 with Pittsburgh, 2006 with Carolina, and then 2011 with the Boston Bruins. He chose to hang up his skates immediately following his third championship.

As an added bit of trivia, Recchi assisted on both Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin‘s first goals.

Since retiring, he has served as a senior advisor with the Dallas Stars.

  1. rushledger - Jul 18, 2014 at 7:06 PM

    Very glad to here this news earlier, definitely a great successor to Bill Guerin.

    • kaptaanamerica - Jul 18, 2014 at 8:32 PM

      So he can teach guys to be douche bags like him? Dr. Recchi needs to go to medical school, cuz he’s a quack…

      • kaptaanamerica - Jul 18, 2014 at 11:50 PM

        I’m just hoping he’ll leave BC forever and not bother coming back… hopefully he clears out of kamloops and wherever else he frequents when he’s in the province…

      • broadstreetsbaddest88 - Jul 19, 2014 at 2:18 AM

        Signed a Bitter Canucks fan

      • killerpgh - Jul 19, 2014 at 9:56 AM

        I have always liked Recchi. But I must admits I lost a little bit of respect with his Dr Recchi BS he pulled. Openly questioning a players injury through the media after a player left the game on a stretcher with a fractured vertebrae and was knocked out. Great player, low class move.

  2. bobc74 - Jul 18, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    Looking forward to seeing him around the Wilkes-Barre area.

  3. bencia823 - Jul 18, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    the guy has 2 cups as a Penguin yet you use this photo…

    • bcsteele - Jul 18, 2014 at 7:36 PM

      Um….one cup? And he did clearly state “his last act as a hockey player.” Which wasn’t with the Pens bro.

      Sorry.

  4. rippit2000 - Jul 18, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    Mario sure does take care of his own – Tocchet, Guerin, and now Recchi. Pierre (Larouche, not McGuire) would probably have a job in the organization too but his fat lazy ass is probably content to sit in the luxury suite with Mario.

  5. georgejarkko - Jul 18, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    He is winning personified.

  6. JoeAvg - Jul 18, 2014 at 8:41 PM

    Bringing in Recchi is never a bad idea.

  7. bubblehead22 - Jul 18, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    The recking ball.. Welcomed addition, future Pens head coach

  8. nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 18, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    More trivia: Recchi is one of 10 guys to score 100 or more goals for each of at least 3 teams.

  9. blomfeld - Jul 19, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    “I want to thank the astronauts who are with us, the courageous spacial entrepreneurs who set such a wonderful example for the young of our country” – George W. Bush, Washington, D.C. Jan. 14, 2004

    We Stanley Cup Champion LA Kings wish the ‘flightless’ birds well … today, tomorrow and forever ! :)

  10. valoisvipers - Jul 21, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    I thought he would be joining as part of the medical team.
    Paging Dr Recchi. Crosby’s wrist X-rays are ready for viewing.

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