The New Jersey Devils dipped into the college ranks—sort of—to find their next head coach.
Boston University graduate John Hynes, a member of the Terriers’ 1995 NCAA title team, was announced as New Jersey’s newest bench boss on Monday, after spending the past five seasons as head coach with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL). He finished with a record of 231-126-10-17 with the Penguins, after toiling his first season with the squad as an assistant coach.
WBS also won at least 42 regular-season games in each of Hynes’ five campaigns at the helm, including 58 victories in 2010-11, according to his profile at hockeydb.com.
Hynes, who began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at BU, also served as an assistant coach with Wisconsin and UMass Lowell before becoming head coach of USA Hockey’s National Development Program from 2003 to 2009.
A Warwick, R.I. native and a former defenseman, Hynes, 40, becomes the youngest current NHL head coach, and is also one of a handful of Devils head coaches who played college hockey, including John Cuniff (Boston College), Herb Brooks (Minnesota), Kevin Constantine (Rensselaer), Lou Lamoriello (Providence), and Adam Oates (Rensselaer).
Hynes will now attempt to get the Devils back into the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2012, when they won the Eastern Conference and then fell to the Los Angeles Kings in six games in the Stanley Cup Final.