John Hynes (ice hockey)

John Hynes
Born (1975-02-10) February 10, 1975
Warwick, Rhode Island, U.S.
Position Head coach
General manager Ray Shero
Team New Jersey Devils
Previous team(s) Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
Years as a coach 2000–present
Years as an NHL coach 2015–present
Years with current team 2015–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

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

College coaching career

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

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

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

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. However, they lost in the first round to the Tampa Bay Lightning in five games. [8]



Head coaching record


TeamYearRegular seasonPostseason
NJD2015–16 8238368847th in MetropolitanMissed playoffs
NJD2016–17 82284014708th in MetropolitanMissed playoffs
NJD2017–18 8244299975th in Metropolitan14.200Lost in First Round
Total2461101053125114.2001 playoff appearance


TeamYearRegular seasonPostseason
WBS2010–11 80582111171st in East66.500Lost in Division Finals
WBS2011–12 7644257952nd in East66.500Lost in Conference Semifinals
WBS2012–13 7642304883rd in East87.533Lost in Conference Finals
WBS2013–14 7642268922nd in East98.529Lost in Conference Finals
WBS2014–15 7645247972nd in East44.500Lost in Conference Semifinals
Total384231126274893331.5165 playoff appearances

See also


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
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