Devils hire Mark Recchi as assistant coach

Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan, left, and assistant Mark Recchi, right, try to get the attention of referee Jean Hebert (15) during the third period of the team's NHL hockey game against the Vegas Golden Knights in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. (Gene J. Puskar / AP)

The New Jersey Devils have hired Hall of Famer Mark Recchi as an assistant coach, the team announced Tuesday.

The 52-year-old previously served as an assistant responsible for the power play on Mike Sullivan's staff with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He parted ways with the team last month.

"We are extremely excited to add Mark to our coaching staff, where his experience as a player, coach and in development will be invaluable," said Devils executive vice-president and general manager Tom Fitzgerald in a press release.

"His work with the power play and managing personnel in Pittsburgh are skills that will benefit our group moving forward. Mark's leadership, communication abilities, patience and presence will be integral for the growth of our young core."

The Penguins were top-five in the NHL on the power play in two of three of Recchi's years as an assistant in Pittsburgh.

He also served as a development coach for three seasons with the Penguins.

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