Devils hire John Hynes as head coach

Updated: June 3, 2015
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New general manager Ray Shero reached into his Pittsburgh Penguins roots and hired John Hynes as the new head coach of the New Jersey Devils. 

Hynes has coached the Penguins’ minor league affiliate, the Wilkes Barre Penguins, for the past five seasons and was hired by Shero in 2010 to replace Todd Reirden, who was promoted to manage the defense under former coach Dan Bylsma. 

During his tenure, he was 231-126-8-13 in Wilkes Barre, including a league best 58-21-0-1 in his first year and 45-24-3-4 this past season. Wilkes Barre qualified for the AHL playoffs in all five seasons while he was there.

Tuesday’s news conference was attended by some of the Devils players in forwards Adam Henrique, Stephen Gionta and Dainius Zubrus and defenseman Jon Merrill. Goaltender Cory Schneider was one of many to give Hynes a ringing endorsement on the hiring.

Some of his former players are also praising the hire. Hynes coached the 2008 U.S. World Junior Team in the 2008 tournament in the Czech Republic, and coached under-18 hockey as well.

Shero’s coaching search lasted less than a month on the job, but I think he found an outstanding hire. And let’s not get too ahead of ourselves about the connections theory.

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