The Pittsburgh Penguins have named Mark Recchi player development coach, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.
Recchi, 46, will be responsible for working with and assisting in the development of young prospects and players throughout the Penguins’ organization in the minor leagues as well as in junior and college hockey.
Recchi, a Kamloops, British Columbia native, was the Penguins’ fourth-round draft pick in 1988. He scored 154 goals and 385 points in 389 games over three different stints in Pittsburgh.
In 1990-91, Recchi led the Penguins in scoring during the regular season with 40 goals and 113 points in 78 games – then added 10 goals and 34 points in 24 playoff games as the Penguins captured their first Stanley Cup.
Recchi played in 1,652 games in a 22-year NHL career with the Penguins, Philadelphia, Montreal, Carolina, Atlanta, Tampa Bay and Boston. He retired in 2011 after registering 577 goals and 956 assists for 1,533 points. He also won Stanley Cups with Carolina and Boston.
Recchi, who lives in Pittsburgh, has spent the past two years involved with the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite youth hockey program. During that period he was also a senior advisor in the Dallas Stars organization.