It was announced on Tuesday that former NHL forward Mark Recchi, who has been serving in the Pittsburgh Penguins player development department, will move behind the bench with the team and join them as an assistant coach for the 2017-18 season.
Recchi was drafted by the Penguins with the 67th overall pick in 1988, coming on board out of the WHL’s Kamloops Blazers.
He would ultimately spend time on the ice with Pittsburgh on two separate occasions, skating out from 1988-92 and then again from 2005-08 with a brief tenure in Carolina.
His career took him far beyond Pittsburgh, though, and he racked up an impressive 1,533 points in 1,652 career games with Pittsburgh, the Philadelphia Flyers, Carolina Hurricanes, Montreal Canadiens, Atlanta Thrashers, Tampa Bay Lightning and Boston Bruins.
He will be inducted into the Hall of Fame with the 2017 class this year, boasting his impressive scoring numbers and three Stanley Cups over a 22-year NHL career along with gold medals for Team Canada at both the U20 and Men’s World Championships.
Now, he’ll take that knowledge behind the bench for the Penguins, as they look to win a third straight Stanley Cup.
Pittsburgh recently lost top assistant coach Rick Tocchet to the Arizona Coyotes, as the bench boss departed for his former franchise to join them as head coach for the upcoming season. Adding Recchi will serve as a replacement, in addition to giving the star forward a chance to break into coaching at the NHL level.