Mark Recchi is now an assistant coach for the Columbus Blue Jackets. The team announced Monday that they added him to new head coach Pascal Vincent's staff.
“Mark Recchi has been part of the National Hockey League for over three decades and brings an incredible amount of experience to our staff,” Vincent said in the team's statement. “He is a Hall of Fame player who won three Stanley Cup championships, which combined with his coaching experience, will make him a great resource for our players. We are excited to have him in Columbus.”
"I’m thrilled that we have added a person of Mark Recchi’s talent and insight to our coaching staff," Vincent added. “Mark adds a wealth of knowledge as a player and a coach, both in development and as an assistant, to our group that will be instrumental in helping our organization grow on and off the ice. His expertise in the offensive zone and on the power play, specifically, will be a huge benefit for our club.”
Recchi's Hall of Fame career includes 577-956--1,533 in 1,652 career regular-season games in addition to three Stanley Cup championships.
After retiring from playing following the 2010-11 season, Recchi spent the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons as a senior advisor with the Dallas Stars before joining the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2014-15. In Pittsburgh, he spent three seasons as a development coach and three more seasons as an assistant coach before moving to New Jersey to be an assistant with the Devils for the next two seasons.
Vincent's statement implies that Recchi will be working on the power play, which finished 26th in the NHL in 2022-23 at 18.3% after finishing 24th in 2021-22 at 18.6%.