Hynes Receives Multi-Year Contract Extension

According to a report on NJ.com by Steve Politi and Chris Ryan, head coach John Hynes has been given “a multi-year extension” to his contract, which was set to expire at the end of this season. The term was not disclosed by the team.

Politi and Ryan quoted general manager Ray Shero as saying: “John’s leadership has been instrumental in building both culture and systems that are focused on the development of our players. He has cultivated a group of veteran leaders, while helping our young players develop and gain experience. John is to be commended for the progress the team has made under his direction and this commitment shows that we are confident in the role he will play in our future success.”

Hynes is currently the longest-serving head coach/manager of all the teams in the New York City area. He was hired in June 2015 by Shero right after Shero became GM replacing Lou Lamoriello. Shero hired him from the Pittsburgh Penguins organization, where he was coaching the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the AHL.

Politi and Ryan mention that Hynes has a 125-122 NHL record as Devils head coach.

Hynes, for his part, was quoted by Politi and Ryan as saying: “Pro sports is an emotional business, but you need a clear plan,” (in regards to owners Josh Harris and David Blitzer’s dedication to building the Devils back into a winner). “Everything doesn’t go on a straight line to the top. There are dips, troubling times, good times, but it’s about the foundation we’re building here.”

Now my take is that there are bound to be plenty of fans who will not agree with this move. But it is important to remember that last season was a bit of fool’s gold. The Devils made the playoffs but they are still in a rebuild. That rebuild needs stability and Hynes gives them that.

Regardless of how you feel about Hynes as a coach, you cannot be firing coaches in the middle of a rebuild because it stunts the development of the younger players. If someone like Nico Hischier, for instance, has two coaches in a year and a half in his ear, that would not help him as a hockey player. Hynes has proven that he works very well with the younger guys and is a good communicator. Young players need that.

Plus, there is the Taylor Hall factor. The reigning MVP has said that he enjoys playing under Hynes and that Hynes has challenged him like no other coach. Those are big words from one of the best players in the NHL. If you fire Hynes, there is almost zero chance that Hall comes back when it is time to re-sign.

You can argue with his strategy, you can argue with his usage of certain players such as Mirco Mueller and you can argue that this is a results-based league where he needs to win. But if you fire him now (which obviously the Devils are not doing), then you have something worse. You have a situation like the Flyers have where team profits and a win-now mentality override good, sound decision making.

Just relax and give this thing time, hopefully it will work out.

“Behind the Glass” Episode Four (Series Finale)

The series finale of “Behind the Glass: New Jersey Devils Training Camp” aired tonight and focused heavily on the NHL Global Series game against Edmonton in Sweden. The end of training camp and the beginning of the regular season is covered as coach John Hynes gives the team their last pep talk going into the regular season opener.

Taylor Hall is interviewed and he is ready for the regular season to begin. This takes us to a shot of Gothenburg and an interview with Marcus Johansson and his family. He had not seen his wife and daughter since training camp began and gets to visit with them since he is home in Sweden. He is from not too far from Gothenburg and the game against Edmonton will, of course, occur on his birthday.

Another Swede, Jesper Bratt is covered. Ray Shero and Tom Fitzgerald talk about his freak jaw injury and how long he will be out. Bratt was, of course, very much looking forward to the game and it was a very emotional conversation with his family when he told them he could not play in it.

Hynes runs the team through breakouts in practice and more footage of the Devils’ practice in Sweden is shown.

The third of the Devils’ Swedish players is shown as goalie Eddie Lack is walking around Gothenburg with his mother and father. In a fish market, he jokes around with his dad, talks Swedish cuisine and meets some fans who made the trip over from New Jersey for the game.

Owners Josh Harris and David Blitzer made a cameo as they talk about the team’s support in Europe in general and Sweden in particular.

Hall then talks about playing the Oilers. He feels that in early meetings with Edmonton, he got too worked up when playing them and was not playing his best. Now, it is just another game for him and he is looser. He does still think it feels weird to see former teammates warming up on the other side of the ice.

Highlights from the game are then shown, with Kyle Palmieri’s first goal and Connor McDavid’s equalizer. The difference in the level of intensity in the regular season is on full display. Both teams are ready to go.

We come back from break and second period highlights are shown as the Devils take the lead and the Oilers grab the momentum going into the third period. Coach Hynes has a great line in the dressing room between the second and third periods: “Skate ’em into the ground! Do not let them off the hook!”

And sure enough, the Devils come out in the third and finish them off. Following the game, Travis Zajac, who scored the game winner, talks about how losing would have made this a tough trip and a rough ride home. Andy Greene concurs with him.

Zajac is given the game puck in the dressing room, as he clinched the game for the Devils, and he gives a semi-victory speech. “Semi” in that it also serves as a bit of a warning that the Devils’ hard work is not yet done.

Back home in New Jersey, Zajac talks about not seeing his family for two weeks while in Europe. He said that he is happy his son got to see the game (which was on before his bedtime in the US) and how he wants to keep improving and the team should not be satisfied with results. Although results do instill confidence. He says that the season will bring excitement for the fans and that the players play for the love of the game and to win.

The narrator mentions that how the season ends for the Devils will be determined by how it kicked off. Did the Devils prepare enough? Fans will find out during the remaining 81 games of the regular season and, hopefully for the Devils and their fans, two months of the postseason.

The series then wraps up with highlights of the show set to music.

Overall, this was a great series. It gave the fans unprecedented access to the team, something we could only dream about in the past. It brought publicity to the team, something they do not always get as they tend to get lost in the shuffle both locally and nationally. And it also kind of made a star out of John Hynes. Fans are now quoting him online on message boards and other forums. He ended up getting one of the biggest ovations during the team’s introductions during the home opener. Fans feel connected to him and now have a clearer picture of what he wants to do to make the team a contender again.

If you have not already, do yourself a big favor and seek this series out. It is worth every moment of the two hours you will spend watching it.

“Behind the Glass” Episode Three

The Devils are getting closer and closer to the regular season in the NHL Network series “Behind the Glass: New Jersey Devils Training Camp” and the intensity is ramping up.

The Devils travel 4,000 miles to Europe for the exhibition finale against SC Bern and the regular season opener against the Edmonton Oilers. As the narrator says, a NHL season only rewards teams prepared for anything that is coming their way and the Devils need to get ready.

First and foremost, the Euro trip will be a team building exercise. The narrator admits that Bern is a strange place for a NHL team to finish a training camp, but the players will make the most of it by seeing the city and meeting fans in such a far flung place. John Hynes says that the team will focus as much on their bonding as their forecheck. The “Brotherhood not Neighborhood” slogan comes up in regards to their team building.

Taylor Hall and Hynes run through the Devils’ philosophy in that regard. At a team dinner in Bern, Andy Greene speaks about “being above the championship line” and how championship teams do things differently than average teams.

A comedy interlude as Blake Coleman and Pavel Zacha go out into Bern to look for a place to eat. They cannot read the menus at many of the restaurants.

This leads us to Nico Hischier, who is “right at home” in Switzerland – his home country. He will get to play in front of friends and family against his former National League team, SC Bern.

Following the profile on Nico, another comedy scene as Sami Vatanen works the camera and fools around with the crew filming the show. But that serves as a segue too, as the show then moves on to the Devils having to “get in focus” on the goaltending front.

The question of who the Devils starting goalie will be is raised. Goaltending coach Rollie Melanson is interviewed briefly about Cory Schneider and how Keith Kinkaid is the number one going into the season. Kinkaid is full of confidence and loose, sometimes more than the coaching staff would like to see.

Next up the game against SC Bern as the Swiss club will be amped up to play the Devils. Hynes calls this the “last audition” for the season. With the final exhibition and the end of preseason, roster spots are still open in terms of who will play where. Everyone who has made the trip has made the team, but will they be seeing much, or any, game action?

Hischier’s big ovation during the starting lineups of the SC Bern game is shown and the game itself is covered via highlights. Nico’s dad is shown in the crowd and talks about how nervous Nico was prior to the game.

More highlights are shown as SC Bern keeps sticking around the game and tying it up and frustration starts to set in for the Devils.

Hynes chews the team out following the second period. The Devils want to tighten up play as the game progresses. SC Bern once again ties the game up in the third period and the game is headed for overtime. Here, Hall takes over and “makes it look easy” according to the narrator.

Nico then leads the fans in a cheer postgame and basks in the glow of the Bern fans one final time. Hynes then says that up next is the real deal of the regular season.

Hynes, Ray Shero and Tom Fitzgerald discuss John Quenneville at the end of the episode and say that while he made the team, he needs to earn staying in the NHL. Hynes then stresses to the team that the Devils are not a team that can go through the motions. They need to work hard and buy in to the system.

Next week, the series concludes as the Devils go to Sweden to take on the Oilers in the first regular season game of the year. Everything is set for the Devils, now will the club be able to put together the pieces for a successful regular season?

Episode Two of “Behind the Glass”

The second episode of the NHL Network’s “Behind the Glass: Inside New Jersey Devils Training Camp” aired tonight and it was a fast paced show.

We begin with the narrator talking about how all NHL training camps are “a race against time” but this one is moving even quicker. The Devils have the trip to Europe to contend with and that is making decisions move at a breakneck pace.

The Devils travel to Brooklyn to play the Islanders in their next preseason game. Kurtis Gabriel is discussed. His focus on trying to make the team has him playing a very physical style, but he is not playing disciplined enough.

That brings us to the first round of cuts. Blake Speers and Gabriel are shown meeting with Ray Shero and John Hynes. This was a fascinating look into how these things go down at an NHL level. The narrator mentions that this is a part of NHL life and the prospects will be thinking about them. Hynes and Shero are complimentary towards the players they are cutting in terms of what they did good during camp, but do stress what needs to be worked on by the players getting cut.

The next segment shows Taylor Hall near his home in Hoboken. He discusses the differences between Edmonton and New Jersey. While Edmonton is hockey-mad all year long and hockey is what they focus on in a small city, the New York City metropolitan area is somewhere where he can be more anonymous because hockey is not a year-long focus. He says that people do not recognize him too much and when they do, they usually just say “go Devils” or tell him he is doing a great job. He says that he can see himself sticking around New Jersey for a long time.

Ty Smith is next to be profiled, as Shero, Tom Fitzgerald and Hynes all talk about him and what he brings to the table. Although things seem good to go for him, a big change will be coming for him by the end of the episode.

Miles Wood’s re-signing is covered. Shero says that his contract was a good fit for both him and the Devils. Unfortunately for players on the bubble, Wood’s re-signing takes away a spot for them.

Brian Boyle is shown with his family and talks about his cancer diagnosis last season. Some of the other players talk about last year and how he was year prior to being diagnosed with cancer. Cory Schneider mentioned that he was gassed a lot during practice and his timing seemed off. But he fought through things and his triumphant return and goal during Hockey Fights Cancer Night against Edmonton are shown.

Next up, the team travels into New York City to take on the Rangers. An intermission chewing out from coach Hynes is shown and the Devils’ eventual overtime loss to New York.

Good news for John Quenneville and Smith as they have survived cuts and will travel with the team to Winnipeg for their next preseason game against the Jets. The Devils will be traveling over the following two weeks to Winnipeg, Switzerland and Sweden.

Practice is shown in Winnipeg where Nico Hischier talks about his excitement in returning to Switzerland for a game.

Next they show the win over the Jets. Hynes is pleased, saying the team played “excellent.” But Ty Smith, who did not see time during the game, is given word the next day that he is being sent back to his junior team in Spokane. Hynes talks to a disappointed Smith about what they need to see from him in the future and he is told to just keep working hard as he “is a Devil.”

Overall, this was a pretty good episode. Seeing the cut process was fascinating, as I mentioned. Of course you had to feel for the players, but you also felt for the coaches and management. It is not an easy task to tell a competitive professional athlete that he has not made a team. Watching these processes play out was kind of cool.

Next episode sees the Devils on their trip to Europe, presumably the SC Bern game and the surrounding things with that involving Nico Hischier and his homecoming.

First Episode of “Behind the Glass” Airs

Tonight the NHL Network debuted the new series “Behind the Glass: Inside the New Jersey Devils Training Camp” and it was a solid look at what goes in to a National Hockey League training camp.

The episode opened giving viewers an overview of where the Devils have been and where they were recently by subtly showing the Stanley Cup banners hanging in Prudential Center and head coach John Hynes talking about the recent lack of success for the team until making the postseason last year.

The opening establishes that they will be following captain Andy Greene as the grizzled vet looking to get one last shot at winning a Stanley Cup; 2017-18 NHL MVP Taylor Hall and the veteran core of the club as well as the young prospects and talent that is coming in trying to find their way on to the team.

Hall is shown at the NHL/NHLPA media tour in Chicago where he is doing interviews and other appearances on behalf of the league and the team. Hall said that he was “happy to be in New Jersey” and felt that the fans and franchise have really accepted him. He reiterated a few times during the episode that hearing the “M-V-P!” chants at Prudential Center down the stretch was a motivating factor to him and one of the coolest things to happen in his hockey career.

We then hear from Greene and see him arriving at The Rock for the opening of training camp. Coach Hynes then gives a pep speech before camp begins, preaching to the players about competing and starting with a clean slate: no one cares about what they did last season, they need to prove themselves fresh in 2018-19.

Hynes’ home life is profiled as we see him playing basketball and ping-pong with his family and he speaks to just being able to come home and not feel too much of the pressure he has during an NHL season.

We then switch to the goalie problems the team has been having due to Cory Schneider’s hip injury. Keith Kinkaid is trying to stay sharp and show that he can play well if needed again this year, should Cory need extra time to heal. We see Cory working out in the weight room and rehabbing.

John Quenneville’s road is covered. He was drafted by the Devils four years ago and feels this is his make-or-break year. His dream is to play in the NHL and he feels he could make the Devils out of camp. Quenneville’s grit is highlighted as he chirps teammates during scrimmages. Hynes mentions that he is “not a quiet kid.”

The story of Blake Speers making the opening night roster in 2016 is recounted and then his regression the following year as he felt he put way too much pressure on himself to make the team in 2017. He wants to make a push to make the team this year, but his plans hit a snag when he breaks his nose on the first day of camp. He, of course, would play through it and was wearing a full face shield in Montreal for the preseason game up there.

Kurtis Gabriel and his toughness and grit are profiled next. He is the kind of player that Hynes likes and will be given a chance because of what he brings to the team. He is shown during the Rangers game that would follow engaging the opposition and trying to get under their skin.

We then get to the preseason games, as the team has a split squad pair of games home against the Rangers and in Montreal against the Canadiens. The Devils, of course, lost in both games, but as the narrator points out, preseason is about finding a rhythm for the vets and for the rookies to make an impression. Speers did just that, scoring the lone goal in the Montreal game despite his injury.

That leads us to the final scene as management are all huddled together in a room giving each player a performance grade on a scale of one to five for the games the night before.

Overall it was a great start to a series that is groundbreaking for Devils fans. Although this has been done in the NFL and in the Road to the NHL Winter Classic, this is something totally different for the Devils. Under Lou, we would never have seen anything like this and the (semi)transparency is amazing. Although the team is only letting you see what they want you to see, it is still so much more of a connection than we would have gotten.

This franchise has come a long way in marketing and promoting itself. Success on the ice will hopefully continue to build because now, you really feel you want these guys to succeed on a human level.

The next episode airs at 7:30 PM on Monday, October 1 on the NHL Network. We will have a recap of the episode up for you here shortly after.

NHL Network to Debut Behind the Glass on September 26

The NHL Network will be helping the Devils in their new approach to interacting with the fans and marketing the team. On Wednesday, September 26 at 7 PM, the network will premiere a new show called “Behind the Glass: New Jersey Devils Training Camp.”

The four-part show, which is being called “all-access” in the press release put out by the team, will be “the first series of its kind focused on the NHL preseason.” Each episode will be 30 minutes in length. According to the press release, it “will offer fans an unprecedented look inside the NHL preseason through the lens of the Devils, who are coming into the 2018-19 NHL regular season following their first Stanley Cup Playoff appearance in six years.”

The show will be produced by NHL Network and NHL Original Productions and “will follow the Devils organization through every step of the preseason, showing viewers all that goes into constructing an NHL roster, from rookies reporting to veterans looking to make an impact, and final roster cuts.” The series will follow GM Ray Shero and coach John Hynes as they “share behind-the-scenes insight into their evaluations on the more than 50 players vying for 23 roster spots.”

Taylor Hall – the reigning Hart Trophy winner, 2018 Masterton Trophy winner Brian Boyle, Nico Hischier, Jesper Bratt and Marcus Johansson will also be focused on. Hischier will be returning to his native Switzerland to play an exhibition game against SC Bern in the preseason while Bratt and Johansson will be opening the season in their native Sweden with the Devils.

NHL Chief Content Officer and Executive Vice President Steve Mayer said: “Behind the Glass will give hockey fans a never-before-seen look at the demanding process of building and making an NHL team during the preseason. We’re excited to partner with the Devils and NHL Network on this all-new series that will uncover compelling stories, on and off the ice, and take fans places that cameras have rarely been allowed. We can’t wait for our fans to be in the room when final roster decisions are being made.”

There is no doubt in anybody’s mind that this would have been something that the team would have participated in during former GM and team President Lou Lamoriello’s tenure. Kudos to the Devils ownership and brass for allowing this to happen. To that point, Devils and Prudential Center President Hugh Weber had this to say: “(t)his will be a great opportunity for our fans, and hockey fans throughout the world, to get an exclusive inside look into who the New Jersey Devils are. The entire organization is proud and excited to be involved in the series. It will allow viewers to witness another example of the culture and message that Ray Shero, John Hynes and our staff have been building for the past few years.”

This series, which seems to follow the NFL’s Hard Knocks a little bit in formula, has shown just how much the Devils have grown as an organization. As I said, during the Lou years and when Dr. McMullen owned the team, something like this would never have been done. The culture has really changed from an access standpoint. It is things like this that will help to grow the Devils’ brand and create new fans. This should also be a great inside look at the Devils in particular and how a NHL training camp works in general. It also helps that the Devils are a young, on the rise team that is exciting to watch which should make for some compelling TV.

There will also be “(e)xclusive bonus content and clips from each episode” that “will be shared by the NHL, NHL Network and the Devils across their digital and social media platforms using #BehindTheGlass.” Fans in Canada will also be able to watch the show on Sportsnet after it airs in the US on the NHL Network.

Hynes to Play in Stars & Stripes Showdown

Coach John Hynes will be participating in a benefit game in Plymouth, Michigan according to the Devils website.

The game, called the Stars & Stripes Showdown, will benefit the Jim Johannson Legacy Fund of The USA Hockey Foundation and the Ellie Johannson College Fund. The game, which begins at 2 PM ET in Michigan, will take place Sunday, August 26 at the USA Hockey Arena. It will feature “top American-born hockey stars.”

Hynes, of course, played at Boston University and hails from Warwick, Rhode Island. He was the head coach of the US National Development Team which plays in the USHL and is run by USA Hockey.

Jim Johannson was the head of USA Hockey who tragically passed away just prior to the 2018 Winter Olympics. The game, in addition to benefitting the two funds, will also be played in his honor.

In other New Jersey hockey-related news, congratulations to Joe Masonius of Spring Lake, who was profiled in yesterday’s Coast Star. He has signed an AHL deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins and will play in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton next season. He was a sixth round pick by Pittsburgh in 2016 according to the article in the Star (written by Len Bardsley).

He played high school hockey at Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft, New Jersey and three years at the University of Connecticut. Good luck to him as another New Jersey hockey player joins the professional ranks.

USA Edged by Finland at Worlds, 3-2

Team USA was defeated at the World Championship 3-2 by Finland earlier today. It was a frustrating loss, especially after the US seemed to be back on track after defeating Belarus on Saturday.

The US got goals from Frank Vatrano and Connor Murphy while Mike Condon made 19 saves. Auston Matthews, who is projected to be the first overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft assisted on the Vatrano goal.

The Finns got goals from Mikko Koivu and Antti Pihlstrom and a power play goal from Leo Komarov that turned out to be the game-decider.

For Devils involved in the game, Steve Santini had 13:52 of total ice time, David Warsofsky had three shots on goal and 16:13 of ice time and Miles Wood had 7:39 of ice time. Keith Kinkaid did not play, we will see if coach John Hynes decides to stick with Condon for the next game against France on Thursday or if he goes back to Kinkaid for that game.

Another Devil active in this tournament is Adam Larsson, who is suiting up for Team Sweden. In their 4-2 loss to the Czech Republic earlier today, Larsson had 21:57 of ice time, was a minus-2 and had two minutes of penalty time (a tripping call at 18:15 of the first period that the Swedes would get a shorthanded goal by Martin Lundberg on). Sweden’s other goal came off the stick of Robert Rosen. Goaltender Jacob Markstrom made 26 saves in the loss.

Larsson and Sweden next take on Kazakhstan on Wednesday.

Hynes Named Coach of USA at World Championships and Other Devils News

Devils first year head coach John Hynes was named head coach of Team USA at the 2016 IIHF World Championship according to the Devils official website. The annual tournament will be held May 6 to 22 in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia.

Hynes is making his debut as the coach of Team USA at the World Championships, but has previously coached with the USA Hockey National Team Developmental Program and at the IIHF Under-18 Men’s World Championship (where he won silver in 2004, gold in 2006 and bronze in 2008). He was on the staff for Team USA at the 2004 World Junior Championship, where he helped the US win gold for the first time ever in that tournament. He will also be on head coach John Tortorella’s staff at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey in September for Team USA.

The former coach of the AHL’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, who served as an assistant coach at UMass-Lowell and the University of Wisconsin was chosen by the US Men’s National Team Advisory Board, which is headed by Jim Johannson and includes Stan Bowman of the Chicago Blackhawks, Dean Lombardi of the Los Angeles Kings, David Poile of the Nashville Predators, Dale Tallon of the Florida Panthers, Dan Waddell of the Carolina Hurricanes and the Devils’ own Ray Shero. Players will be named at a later date, as they usually include members of teams that have either missed the playoffs or have been eliminated early on.

In other news, the Devils announced three signings and a call up today. Joshua Jacobs of the OHL’s Sarnia Sting has been inked to a three year entry level deal that kicks in next season. He will join the Albany Devils of the AHL on an Amateur Try-Out. He was selected in the second round, 41st overall in the 2014 Entry Draft. He is a 6’2”, 200 pound defenseman and a native of Shelby Township, Michigan. He turned 20 years-old on February 15.

With Boston College’s bid for the NCAA National Championship put to an end with a loss to Quinnipiac on Thursday, the Devils signed two members of the Eagles to entry level deals. The first is defenseman Steven Santini. His contract will kick in this season; he will report to New Jersey tomorrow and will wear number 38. The BC star is a 42nd overall draft choice in the second round by the Devils in the 2013 Entry Draft. He just turned 21 years-old on March 7 and is a 6’2”, 205 pound native of Mahopac, New York.

Also signed to a three year entry level contract is Santini’s Boston College teammate, Miles Wood. Wood’s contract, like Santini’s, will begin this season and he too will be reporting to New Jersey tomorrow. He will wear number 44. The 6’2” 195 pound forward was born in Buffalo, New York and is the son of form NHL player Randy Wood. His father played parts of ten seasons with the Islanders, Sabres, Maple Leafs and Stars. Miles was selected 100th overall (fourth round) by the Devils in the 2013 Entry Draft.

In news that Devils fans everywhere have been eagerly awaiting, Pavel Zacha could’ be getting his first taste of the NHL. The 6’3” 210 pound center, whose season with the Sarnia Sting was just ended with their playoff exit, was assigned to Albany immediately following Sarnia’s bouncing from the OHL playoffs, but has been called up to the NHL club for tomorrow’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Devils also assigned Blake Pietila, Mike Sislo and Vojtech Mozik to Albany. Zacha was the Devils’ first round pick (sixth overall) in 2015. The native of Brno, Czech Republic will participate in the morning skate with New Jersey and could make his NHL debut tomorrow.

As the Devils look to the future, moves like these will increase as the summer wears on. Time will tell exactly how they pan out.

John Hynes Named to Team USA Coaching Staff for World Cup of Hockey

Devils coach John Hynes has been named as an assistant on John Tortorella’s staff at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey coming this September.

The Warwick, Rhode Island native joins Penguins coach Mike Sullivan, Predators assistant (recent Hall of Famer and former Devils defenseman) Phil Housley, Islanders coach Jack Capuano and Scott Gordon on Team USA’s coaching staff.

The first year Devils bench boss has had them contending for a playoff spot despite predictions that this was a rebuilding year for the franchise and still has them in the mix despite a depleted roster due to injuries and suspensions.

His previous international coaching experience includes six seasons as head coach of USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program. He also coached the US to three medals at the IIHF Men’s World Under-18 Championship according to the press release on the Devils official website. He won gold in 2006, silver in 2004 and bronze in 2008. He also served as an assistant on the staff for the first US team to win gold at the World Junior Championship (2004).

Coach Hynes certainly has the international coaching experience and his time in the AHL with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and at the NHL level with the Devils gives him even more knowledge on how to deal with players of all levels.

The 2016 World Cup of Hockey will be played in Toronto from September 17 to October 1 at the Air Canada Centre and will feature teams from USA, Canada, the Czech Republic, Europe, Finland, North America, Russia and Sweden according to the press release. Team USA’s general manager is LA Kings GM Dean Lombardi. The head coach is Columbus coach John Tortorella.

Some might see this as a weird choice, being that Hynes is a rookie NHL coach. However, when you take into consideration his service to American hockey at the international level previous, it makes sense. As Devils fans, we see Hynes coaching each night and the man knows what he is doing, so while not an obvious choice, he is a good one.

Congratulations to coach Hynes on this honor.