Just moments after helping the Boston Bruins win their first Stanley Cup since 1972 with a 4-0 victory against the Vancouver Canucks in Game 7 at Rogers Arena, the 43-year-old forward announced he is hanging up the blades.
Recchi, a three-time Stanley Cup champion, had 14 goals and 34 assists in 81 regular-season games and went 5-9-14 in 25 playoff contests.
Recchi was the second Bruin to hoist the Stanley Cup on Wednesday night after captain Zdeno Chara.
I've got a lot of experience and there's a lot of young guys. It's even making me excited a little more. It's kind of a new life. At my age, I feel like I know a lot of things what to do, but I just cannot do it anymore. It's a lot easier to tell them what to do because they've still got the legs and hands to do it. I just know things, but I cannot do them anymore.
— Jaromir Jagr after making his Panthers debut in a win against the Sabres on Saturday