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Coaching Staff

John Hynes

Head Coach

Completed second season as New Jersey's Head Coach; team registered 28-40-14=70pts…

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, led Penguins to 231-126-10-17 (.637) mark, including five straight 40-plus victory campaigns…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 an 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.

Geoff Ward

Assistant Coach

Completed second season with Devils' organization; named to current post June 17, 2015…

Served as an assistant coach for Germany at the 2017 IIHF Men's World Championships…Spent 2014-15 with Adler Mannheim of the German Ice Hockey League; selected as coach of the year while leading Eagles to the championship…Coaching career spans over 25 years, including seven seasons (2007-08 through 2013-14) as an assistant coach with Boston; during that time, the Bruins won the 2011 Stanley Cup Championship, and also reached the 2013 Final…Served five years (2001-06) with the Oilers' organization, including two-plus seasons as head coach of Edmonton's AHL affiliate; spent 2005-06 as Edmonton's development coach…Co-recipient of league's 2003 Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award as coach of the year; he led Hamilton to the Calder Cup Finals…Began coaching career in 1992-93 as an assistant with Niagara Falls (OHL)…Served as head coach of Kitchener (OHL) for three-plus seasons, from 1994-95 to 1997-98…Also had head coaching stints in 1998-99 with Guelph (OHL), as well as 1999-00 with Arkansas (ECHL)…In addition to 2014-15, also spent the 2000-01 and 2006-07 seasons in Germany…Born April 8, 1962 in Waterloo, Ont., Geoff and his wife, Carolyn, have four children: sons Cody and Sawyer, and daughters Kylie and Hannah.

Alain Nasreddine

Assistant Coach

Completed second 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.

Ryane Clowe

Assistant Coach

Completed first season as a member of coaching staff and fourth year with organization, including time spent as a player…Named to position during 2016 Development Camp…

Was signed by the Devils on July 5, 2013…Played in 56 games over two seasons with the Devils, scoring eight goals and 22 assists for 30 points while accumulating 37 penalty minutes…Skated in his last NHL game on November 6, 2014 against St. Louis, when he sustained a head injury in the first period and did not return…In September of 2015, along with GM Ray Shero, announced that doctors recommend that he not play hockey again due to injuries and concussions he suffered during his playing career…Prior to signing in New Jersey, the former left wing split the 2012-13 season between San Jose and the New York Rangers; appeared in 40 games overall, recording three goals and 16 assists for 19 points and 93 penalty minutes…Was traded to the Rangers on April 2, 2013, after spending nine-plus seasons with the Sharks' organization…Had career-totals of 112 goals and 197 assists for 309 points and 618 penalty minutes in 491 career regular-season NHL contests, while seeing action in 70 playoff games (18g-28a-46pts & 97 PIM)…In 2010-11, he notched career-highs with 24 goals, 38 assists (also, 2009-10) and 62 points…Began his professional career in 2003-04 with Cleveland (AHL)…San Jose's fifth choice (6th round), and 175th overall selection in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft…Played three seasons of junior hockey with Rimouski and Montreal (QMJHL)…Born September 30, 1982, in St. John's, Nfld…Ryane and his wife, Jennifer, have one daughter and one son.

Roland Melanson

Goaltending Coach

Entering first 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.