Mar 6, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Former Boston Bruins Mark Recchi high-fives defenseman Zdeno Chara (33) prior to the game against the Washington Capitals at TD Banknorth Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Mark Recchi Named Penguins' Player Development Coach

Pittsburgh Penguins’ ex-player Mark Recchi has reportedly been hired as a player development coach by the organization, according to the team’s Twitter handle and website.

Recchi’s role will consist of grooming young prospects in the Pens’ system, whether they are in the American Hockey League (AHL), college, or junior hockey – per the Pens’ website.

Over the course of his career, Recchi was rostered with Pittsburgh on three separate occasions, and was drafted by the Pens in the fourth-round (67th overall) in 1988. In 389 regular-season games for Pittsburgh, Recchi compiled 385 points (154G, 231A), and also registered 38 points (10G, 28A) in 29 playoff contests.

The 46-year-old spent 22 seasons in the NHL with the Penguins, Philadelphia Flyers, Montreal Canadiens, Carolina Hurricanes, Atlanta Thrashers, Tampa Bay Lightning, and the Boston Bruins. Recchi won three Stanley Cups with the Penguins, Hurricanes, and Bruins. He is the oldest player to score a goal in the Stanley Cup Finals, and is the second oldest player to lift the Cup.

Recchi’s fun fact is that he assisted on both Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin‘s first career NHL goals.

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