John Hynes (ice hockey)

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John Hynes
Born (1975-02-10) February 10, 1975 (age 43)
Warwick, Rhode Island, U.S.
PositionHead coach
General managerRay Shero
TeamNew Jersey Devils
Previous team(s)Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
Years as a coach2000–present
Years as an NHL coach2015–present
Years with current team2015–present

John Hynes (born February 10, 1975) is an American ice hockey coach. He is the current head coach for the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing career[edit]

A 1997 graduate of Boston University, Hynes was a three-year letterman for the Terriers as a forward and participated in four straight NCAA Frozen Four tournaments. In 1995, Boston University captured the 1995 NCAA Division I National Championship in front of Hynes' home crowd in Providence, Rhode Island. Hynes earned a bachelor's degree in health and physical education.

Coaching career[edit]

College coaching career[edit]

Hynes was a former assistant coach at the University of Massachusetts Lowell during the 2000–01 season. In the 2002–03 season, he became an assistant coach for the University of Wisconsin.

USA Hockey[edit]

After the 2002–03 season, Hynes spent the next six seasons as a head coach with USA Hockey's National Team Development Program.[1] He posted an overall record of 216–113–19–9 as the team's head coach.[2] In 2008–09, he was head coach of the U.S. Under-17 Development Team, posting a 42–17–6 record.[3]

Hynes also led the U.S. Under-18 national team to three medals at the World Under-18 Championships, a gold in 2006, silver in 2004 and bronze in 2008. He was head coach of the U.S. national team at the 2008 World Junior championships, and was an assistant coach on the 2004 U.S. team that won a gold medal at the World Junior event.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins[edit]

On August 4, 2009, Hynes was named an assistant coach for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, by general manager Ray Shero.[4] He served as an assistant under coach Todd Reirden. On July 31, 2010, the WBS Penguins announced that Hynes would be the team's new head coach, after Reirden was promoted to an assistant level for the Pittsburgh Penguins.[5]

Under Hynes, the WBS Penguins qualified for the playoffs in all five seasons, reaching the conference finals twice.

New Jersey Devils[edit]

On June 2, 2015, Hynes was named as the new head coach of the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League (NHL), replacing Scott Stevens and Adam Oates.[6] He became the youngest head coach in the NHL for the 2015–16 season.[7] On April 5, 2018, Hynes coached the Devils to their first playoff appearance since the 2011–12 season when they defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs.[8] However, they lost in the First Round to the Tampa Bay Lightning in five games.[9]



Head coaching record[edit]


Team Year Regular season Postseason
G W L OTL Pts Finish W L Win% Result
NJD 2015–16 82 38 36 8 84 7th in Metropolitan Missed playoffs
NJD 2016–17 82 28 40 14 70 8th in Metropolitan Missed playoffs
NJD 2017–18 82 44 29 9 97 5th in Metropolitan 1 4 .200 Lost in First Round
Total 246 110 105 31 251 1 4 .200 1 playoff appearance


Team Year Regular season Postseason
G W L OTL Pts Finish W L Win% Result
WBS 2010–11 80 58 21 1 117 1st in East 6 6 .500 Lost in Division Finals
WBS 2011–12 76 44 25 7 95 2nd in East 6 6 .500 Lost in Conference Semifinals
WBS 2012–13 76 42 30 4 88 3rd in East 8 7 .533 Lost in Conference Finals
WBS 2013–14 76 42 26 8 92 2nd in East 9 8 .529 Lost in Conference Finals
WBS 2014–15 76 45 24 7 97 2nd in East 4 4 .500 Lost in Conference Semifinals
Total 384 231 126 27 489 33 31 .516 5 playoff appearances

See also[edit]


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  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2015-06-02.
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  6. ^ "Devils name John Hynes as head coach". New Jersey Devils. June 2, 2015. Retrieved July 7, 2015.
  7. ^ "John Hynes becomes NHL's youngest head coach". The Associated Press. CBC Sports. June 2, 2015. Retrieved July 7, 2015.
  8. ^ Rosen, Dan (April 5, 2018). "Devils clinch playoff berth with win against Maple Leafs". Retrieved April 9, 2018.
  9. ^ Long, Corey (April 21, 2018). "Lightning defeat Devils, advance to second round". Retrieved October 18, 2018.

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Preceded by
Todd Reirden
Head coach of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
Succeeded by
Mike Sullivan
Preceded by
Adam Oates
Scott Stevens
Head coach of the New Jersey Devils
Succeeded by