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Coaching Staff

John Hynes

Head Coach

Completed third season as New Jersey's Head Coach; team registered 44-29-9=97pts, including the club's first playoff appearance in six years…

Served as Head Coach of the 2016 U.S. Men's National Team that finished fourth at the International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Championship in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia…Was an assistant coach for United States' 2016 World Cup of Hockey squad…Introduced as the 17th head coach in Devils' history June 2, 2015 in press conference at Prudential Center…Joined organization after spending the previous six seasons with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL), including five years, 2010-11 through 2014-15, as head coach…During that time, guided WBS to five consecutive playoff berths, including back-to-back AHL Eastern Conference Finals appearances in 2012-13 and 2013-14…His teams allowed the league's fewest goals in four of the five years he served as head coach…In first season behind the Pens' bench, was named the 2010-11 Coach of the Year after finishing with the AHL's best record at 58-21-0-1=117pts…Served as co-coach of the Western Conference at league's mid-season All-Star Game in 2010-11…Became second-fastest coach in AHL history to reach the 100 career-wins mark, doing so in just 152 games…In second round of the 2013 Calder Cup Playoffs, Pens became first team in league history to overcome a 3-0 deficit by winning games six and seven on the road….Originally joined organization as an assistant coach in 2009-10…Spent six seasons, 2003-09, as head coach of USA Hockey's National Development Program, posting an overall record of 188-131-16-10…Led U.S. Under-18 national team to three medals at the World Under-18 Championships, winning the Gold in 2006, Silver in 2004 and Bronze in 2008…Served as assistant coach on the U.S. squad that won Gold at the 2004 World Junior tourney…Worked as an assistant coach with Wisconsin (WCHA) in 2002-03, USNTDP-18 in 2001-02 and UMass-Lowell (HE) in 2000-01…Began coaching career as a graduate assistant at Boston University (HE) under legendary Coach Jack Parker…A forward, spent four seasons at B.U., including four straight NCAA Frozen Fours, and was a member of the Terriers' 1995 NCAA Championship Team…Born February 10, 1975 in Warwick, RI…John and his wife, Sarah, have three daughters: Sophia, Julia and Anna.

Alain Nasreddine

Assistant Coach

Completed third season with Devils' organization; named to current position June 17, 2015…

Spent five seasons as an assistant coach under John Hynes with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL)…During that time, his defensive corps allowed the league's fewest goals on four occasions…In 2010-11, helped lead Baby Pens to AHL's Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy as league's regular-season champions…A defenseman, 15-season professional playing career spanned from 1995-96 through 2009-10, and included more than 1,000 regular season games in the NHL, AHL, IHL and German Ice Hockey League…Selected by Florida in sixth round (135th overall) of 1993 NHL Entry Draft…Appeared in 74 NHL games with Chicago, Montreal, NY Islanders and Pittsburgh…Helped lead WBS to 2004 and 2008 Calder Cup Finals and served as captain in 2004-05 and 2005-06…Born July 10, 1975 in Montreal, Que. and played junior hockey with Drummondville and Chicoutimi (QMJHL), winning the league title in 1993-94…Alain and his wife, Josiane, have three children: sons Alec and Loic, and daughter Kaelle.

Rick Kowalsky

Assistant Coach

In his first season as an Assistant Coach at the NHL level, named to the post on July 23, 2018…

Finished eighth season as head coach of AHL Devils; named to that post August 10, 2010…Led franchise to back-to-back playoff berths in 2015-16 & 2016-17…Was inducted into the ECHL Hall of Fame in January 2017…In 2015-16, the club had their most successful season to date, with 46 wins and 102 points, earning him the AHL Coach of the Year Award…Led club to 40-23-13=93pt (.612) mark in 2013-14 and franchise's first post-season appearance since 2010…Served four seasons as head coach of ECHL's Trenton franchise; received 2009 John Brophy Award as league's top coach…Returned to New Jersey's capital city after spending one year as an assistant to former Titans' Coach Mike Haviland with Norfolk (AHL); Admirals finished campaign with impressive 43-29-4-4=94pt mark…A right wing, professional playing career spanned 12 seasons and included six teams/two leagues in North America…Also saw action in two games with BISL's Cardiff Devils in 2000-01…Captained Titans to 2005 Kelly Cup Championship in final season as a player…Participated in 1995 and 2003 ECHL All-Star Games; served North team as captain in 2003…Totaled 221 goals and 329 assists for 550 points and 979 penalty minutes in 516 career regular-season ECHL games with Hampton Roads, Trenton and Roanoke…Served Express as player/assistant coach while compiling career-high 83 points in 2001-02…Made pro debut with Cornwall (AHL) in 1993-94…Buffalo's tenth choice, 227th overall, in 1992 Entry Draft; did not see any action in NHL…Helped lead Sault Ste. Marie to back-to-back OHL Championships in 1991 and 1992; captained Greyhounds to 1993 Memorial Cup Championship…Born March 20, 1972 in Simcoe, Ont…Rick and his wife, Debbie, have three children: Dylan, Sydney and Ryan.

Mike Grier

Assistant Coach

Entering first season with Devils' coaching staff; named to current position July 23, 2018…

Played 1,060 NHL games as a right wing over 14 seasons with Edmonton (1996-97 to 2001-02), Washington (2002-03 to 2003-04), Buffalo (2003-04 to 2005-06 & 2009-10 to 2010-11) and San Jose (2006-07 to 2008-09)…Set career highs across the board in 1998-99 with Edmonton when he scored 20 goals, 24 assists and 44 points…Served as an Alternate Captain during his stints in Edmonton and San Jose…Scored 162 goals and 221 assists for 383 points and 510 penalty minutes in NHL career...In 101 Stanley Cup Playoff games, tallied 14 goals and 14 assists for 28 points and 72 penalty minutes...Made the playoffs in 11 of his 14 seasons in the League...Officially retired on December 1, 2011…St. Louis's seventh choice (ninth round), 219th overall, in the 1993 Entry Draft…6-1, 225lb. forward played three seasons of collegiate hockey at Boston University, where he was teammates with Hynes...In 114 games, scored 59 goals and 61 assists for 120 points and 223 penalty minutes...During the 1994-95 season, was named to the NCAA East First All-Star Team, won the Walter Brown Award as New England's top player and helped the Terriers win the Hockey East title and then the NCAA Championship…Went straight from college to the NHL…Represented the United States at the 1995 World Junior Championships and won a Bronze Medal at the 2004 World Championships in the Czech Republic…For the previous four seasons, served as a Pro Scout with the Chicago Blackhawks and also served as an assistant coach for St. Sebastian's High School in Needham, MA, where he played his scholastic hockey, and coached the Boston Junior Terriers…Born January 5, 1975 in Detroit, MI, Mike and his wife, Anne, have three children: sons Jayden and Tristan, and daughter Brooklyn.

Roland Melanson

Goaltending Coach

Entering second season with Devils' coaching staff and the 19th campaign coaching at the NHL level…

Was named to post on July 8, 2017 after serving as the goaltending coach of the Vancouver Canucks for seven seasons from 2010-11 through 2016-17…This past year, he served in a player development capacity in Utica (AHL) as he took time off to return home to be with his family…Before his stint in Vancouver, Melanson was an assistant coach with the Montreal Canadiens for 11 seasons, 1997-98 to 2008-09…He also was a goaltending/assistant coach with Moncton (QMJHL) from 1995 to 1997, and was a goaltending consultant with St. John (AHL) from 1993 to 1995…Among the goaltenders Melanson has worked with throughout his coaching career are current Devils netminder Cory Schneider (2010-13, in Van.), Roberto Luongo, Ryan Miller, Jose Theodore, Jocelyn Thibault, Jaroslav Halak, Cristobal Huet and Carey Price…Schneider and Luongo shared the 2010-11 Jennings Trophy while under Melanson's leadership…As a goaltender, Melanson skated in 291 regular-season games over 12 seasons with the NY Islanders, Minnesota, Los Angeles, New Jersey and Montreal…He won three consecutive Stanley Cup Championships, 1981-1983, with the NY Islanders…In 1982-83, he shared the William M. Jennings Trophy with Billy Smith and was named to the NHL Second All-Star Team…Melanson played two seasons for the Utica Devils (AHL) in 1989-90 and 1990-91…He played in one NHL game with New Jersey in the 1990-91 season…He was drafted in the third round, 59th overall, by the NY Islanders in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft…Born in Moncton, N.B., on June 28, 1960, Melanson played three seasons of junior hockey, 1977-1980, with Windsor and Oshawa (OMJHL)…He holds the distinction of being the first-ever goaltender born in New Brunswick to play in the NHL.

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