Blazers co-owner Mark Recchi new assistant coach with Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Penguins assistant Rick Tocchet right talks with an official during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the New Jersey Devils in Pittsburgh. The Arizona Coyotes have named Rick Tocchet

One month after helping to guide the Pittsburgh Penguins to their fifth Stanley Cup championship as an assistant coach, Rick Tocchet is leaving to pursue a new challenge as the next head coach of the Arizona Coyotes.

Tocchet has been an assistant coach with the Pittsburgh Penguins since 2014 and is coming off back-to-back Stanley Cups with the team.

He will be inducted into the Hall of Fame with the 2017 class this year, boasting his impressive scoring numbers and three Stanley Cups over a 22-year National Hockey League career along with gold medals for Team Canada at both the U20 and Men's World Championships.

The 53-year-old had the interim tag removed as head coach of the Lightning on May 11, 2009 and signed a two-year deal with the team, but was relieved of his duties on April 12, 2010 by new ownership after compiling a record of 53-69-26.

"Rick is an excellent coach and a proven victor", Coyotes General Manager John Chayka said in a press release. He's experienced, knowledgeable and is a great leader and communicator.

Pittsburgh Penguins assistant coach Rick Tocchet sets up a play during a timeout during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Pittsburgh. The Arizona Coyotes have named Rick
Blazers co-owner Mark Recchi new assistant coach with Pittsburgh

The Lightning went 53-69-26 in two seasons under Tocchet's guidance.

Tocchet returned to the Valley in 2005 as an assistant coach under then-Coyotes head coach Wayne Gretzky. "Rick has done a terrific job for us, and we wish him the best as a head coach".

The team announced Tuesday it has hired former player Rick Tocchet as its head coach, becoming the 18th coach in franchise history. The NHL's 12th all-time leading scorer with 1,533 points in 1,652 games, Recchi is a five-time Stanley Cup champion.

A seven-time NHL All-Star, including the '91 season with Pittsburgh, Recchi joined the 500-goal club as a Penguin, scoring the milestone marker against the Dallas Stars on January 26, 2007. He scored 64 goals and added 66 assists in 213 regular-season games for the Coyotes from 1997-2000. He eventually pleaded guilty to conspiracy and promoting gambling, and he was sentenced to two years' probation.


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