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Devils hire Mark Recchi as assistant coach

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The New Jersey Devils hired Hall of Famer Mark Recchi to serve as an assistant coach under new bench boss Lindy Ruff, the team announced Tuesday.

For the past three seasons, Recchi was an assistant coach with the Pittsburgh Penguins, where he was largely responsible for working with their power play. Over the past three seasons, the Penguins rank third in the league with a 23.8% success rate with the man advantage.

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

Prior to Recchi's role as assistant coach in Pittsburgh, he served as the team's development coach for three seasons. He worked with Penguins prospects in the minors, juniors, and college.

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