The Pittsburgh Penguins have added yet another superb alumnus to their coaching staff on Friday when they announced that Mark Recchi will take on the role as player development coach. Recchi’s role will consist of aiding in the development of young prospects and players all over the franchise’s spectrum. This includes players from Wilkes-Barre Scranton, college and junior hockey.
But adding another alumnus to the coaching staff isn’t what makes this hiring salient. Appointing an ex-player to a coaching or management position is special to both the organization and its fans, but it’s who the “Recchin Ball” is that makes this move noteworthy.
Recchi was drafted 68th overall by the Penguins in 1988. He played the earlier part of his NHL career with the Penguins until he was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers for Rick Tocchet and Kjell Samuelsson. Recchi bounced around from team to team before finding himself with the Penguins yet again on two more separate occasions.
Recchi is known for possessing grit and an extraordinary hockey sense. These are two wonderful attributes to own when assisting prospects in becoming better players. This three-time Stanley Cup winner played in 1,652 games in 22 years, posting a total of 1,533 points. Recchi is not only a class act, but an experienced champion.
Even though Recchi eventually retired with the Boston Bruins, his legacy in Pittsburgh lives on. Recchi knows what it takes to hoist the cup and will make an excellent development coach.