Tocchet Leaves Pens For Arizona, Pens Name Recchi Assistant Coach

Coyotes Name Rick Tocchet As Head Coach, Penguins Promote Mark Recchi

Coyotes name Rick Tocchet as new head coach

A familiar face will be coaching the Coyotes for the 2017-18 season.

"We are very pleased to name Rick as our new head coach", said General Manager John Chayka in a statement.

Mark Recchi has replaced Rick Tocchet as a Penguins assistant coach, the team announced Tuesday afternoon, minutes after Tocchet was officially named new head coach of the Arizona Coyotes.

The 53-year-old re-joins the organization after serving as an assistant coach with the Pittsburgh Penguins the past three seasons, including back-to-back Stanley Cup Championships the past two years.

I look forward to seeing them fill out the rest of the roster, and ultimately, I think Rick Tocchet is going to prove to be a great choice as coach.

After his season coaching in Arizona, Tocchet was hired as an assistant at Tampa Bay and became interim head coach of the Lightning in November of that year. He previously served as an assistant with the Coyotes during the 2005-06 season.

This is Tocchet's second head coaching gig.

Two former Flyers players are moving up in the National Hockey League. He's experienced, knowledgeable and is a great leader and communicator.

The four-time NHL All-Star won the Stanley Cup with the Penguins in 1992 and played in the 1987 Stanley Cup Final with the Philadelphia Flyers.

The 49-year-old Recchi is the 12th-leading scorer in National Hockey League history, racking up 1,533 points during a 22-year career that included stops with Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Montreal.

When assistant GM Jason Botterill took the general manager's job in Buffalo, Rutherford split up his duties between Recchi and assistant GMs Bill Guerin and Jason Karmanos. Tocchet is one of just three players in League history to record 400-plus goals and 2,500 PIM while he also registered five 30-plus goal seasons and three seasons with 40-plus goals. We're thrilled to have him rejoin our organization.

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