May 1, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; General view as fans arrive for game one of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs between the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Islanders at CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Penguins name Mark Recchi player development coach

The Pittsburgh Penguins have made a hire. According to a press release from the team, Mark Recchi has been hired as the player development coach.

The release describes Recchi’s position by saying:

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 currently resides in Pittsburgh and has a strong bond with the city thanks to his time with the Penguins during his 22-year NHL career. Recchi was drafted by the Penguins in the fourth-round of the 1988 draft.

When he retired, Recchi had 577 goals, 956 assists and 1,533 points to his credit.

Recchi was involved with the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite youth hockey program before taking the job as player development coach.

He has also served as the senior advisor in the Dallas Stars organization.

Now, Recchi will begin his new gig in Pittsburgh in hopes of improving the team’s minor league, junior and college system.

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