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Devils Set to Name John Hynes as Head Coach

Hynes, 40, will become the youngest coach in the National Hockey League.

John Hynes will be named the next head coach of the New Jersey Devils.

John Hynes will be named the next head coach of the New Jersey Devils.

 

The New Jersey Devils have scheduled a noon press conference for today, June 2, to introduce their new coach.

The Devils plan to introduce Wilkes Barre-Scranton Penguins head coach, John Hynes, as their new head coach at the Prudential Center on Tuesday. According to Tom Guilitti of the Bergen Record, the only hold up as of Monday evening dealt with the compensation for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Under a recent new rule, the Penguins would be entitled to a third round pick within one of the next three drafts.

Hynes, 40, will become the youngest coach in the National Hockey League. Devils General Manager, Ray Shero, promoted Hynes to Head Coach in Wilkes Barre-Scranton in 2010 after having served as an assistant under current Washington Capitals Assistant Coach Todd Reirdon in 2009-2010. Reirdon had also been on the Devils short list of coaching candidates.

Hynes has had good communication skills with his players and implements a sound defensive system. In his five seasons with the Baby Penguins, he has amassed a record of 231-126-8-13, including an American Hockey League best of 58-21-0-1 in 2010-2011 and this past season 45-24-3-4. The team reached the AHL playoffs in all five seasons he was behind the bench, reaching the Conference Finals twice.

Prior to joining the Wilkes Barre-Scranton Penguins, Hynes spent six seasons as Head Coach of USA Hockey’s Development program in Ann Arbor, MI, where he crossed paths with Devils defenseman Jon Merrill.

A native of Warwick, RI, Hynes began his coaching career as a graduate assistant under legendary Boston University coach Jack Parker. He also played four seasons at BU, helping the Terriers capture a NCAA Title in 1995.

He also served as an assistant coach at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell for one season and another two at the University of Wisconsin before joining the National Development Team.  Since having been fired by the Penguins, following the 2013-2014 season, Shero, has maintained as high opinion of Hynes.

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