First-year Devils head coach John Hynes joins Team USA's coaching staff for the World Cup of Hockey 2016. (Photo: Getty Images)
Devils head coach John Hynes will serve as an assistant under John Tortorella for Team USA in the upcoming World Cup of Hockey 2016, USA Hockey announced today.
Hynes joins Mike Sullivan, former Devil Phil Housley, Jack Capuano and Scott Gordon on Tortorella's coaching staff.
“I’m looking forward to working with our coaching staff in guiding the group of players that are ultimately selected to represent our country in the World Cup,” said Tortorella, also head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets. “We have a group of coaches assembled that all bring something different to the table and that is a real positive as we move toward our ultimate goal of winning the tournament.”
Hynes has had nothing but success during the course of his coaching career. He joined the Devils last summer after six seasons with the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins of the AHL, including five as head coach. In his time behind the bench, Hynes, who was named the 2011 AHL Coach of the Year, accumulated a 231-126-27 record. He guided the Penguins to five straight 40-plus win seasons and five consecutive playoff berths, including back-to-back appearances in the conference finals.
The Warwick, Rhode Island, native served for six seasons as a head coach at USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program. He also led the U.S. to three medals at the IIHF Men’s World Under-18 Championship (gold—2006, silver—2004, bronze—2008), and was an assistant coach for the very first U.S. team to win a gold medal in the IIHF World Junior Championship in 2004.
Set for Sept. 17-Oct. 1 in Toronto, the World Cup of Hockey 2016 will feature eight teams including the U.S., Canada, Czech Republic, Europe, Finland, North America, Russia and Sweden.
“We’re extremely pleased with the coaching staff we’ve assembled,” said Dean Lombardi, general manager of Team USA and the Los Angeles Kings. “It’s a group that not only brings great experience on multiple levels, but is in lock step with where we’re going and how we’re going to get there.”