Recchi out as assistant coach of Pittsburgh Penguins

The club on Wednesday announced the decision to not renew the contracts of three assistant coaches — Recchi, Sergei Gonchar and Jacques Martin

Mark Recchi is no longer employed by the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The club on Wednesday announced the decision to not renew the contracts of three assistant coaches — Recchi, Sergei Gonchar and Jacques Martin.

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Mike Sullivan remains head coach of the Penguins.

“This is a difficult day for me, more difficult for me than you guys can imagine,” Sullivan told reporters on Wednesday. “I know how hard these guys work and these guys are good coaches and they’re my friends. We’ve been through a lot together as a group.

“But when teams with high expectations, such as ours, don’t have success, then change is inevitable.

“We all have to take responsibility for it and it starts with me.”

Recchi, a three-time Stanley Cup champion from Kamloops, was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2017.

He is part-owner of the Kamloops Blazers.

Recchi was hired as Pittsburgh’s player development coach in 2014 and helped the team to Stanley Cup championships in 2016 and 2017.

He was named assistant coach of the Penguins in July of 2017.

Recchi’s dismissal comes after the fifth-seed Penguins fell to the 12th-seed Montreal Canadiens in a Stanley Cup Qualifier series.

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