New Jersey Devils coach John Hynes on Friday was named head coach for the United States for the 2016 IIHF World Championship to be held May 6-22 in Moscow and Saint Petersburg, Russia.
Hynes, 41, is in his first season as head coach of the Devils. The native of Warwick, R.I., is the youngest coach in the NHL. He will be making his debut as head coach of the U.S. men's national team.
Hynes spent six seasons (2003-09) as head coach of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program and led the Under-18 national team to three medals at the World Under-18 Championship. He won gold in 2006, silver in 2004 and bronze in 2008.
In 2004, as an assistant coach, he helped the U.S. to its first gold medal at the World Junior Championship.
Hynes also will serve as an assistant coach for the United States in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
"John has been involved with U.S. teams on multiple occasions in the past and we're excited to have him leading our team at the men's world championship," said Jim Johannson, USA Hockey assistant executive director of hockey operations. "John's teams are always well-prepared and his extensive knowledge of our player pool is a big benefit as well."
Prior to joining the Devils, Hynes spent the previous six seasons with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League. He was head coach for the WBS Penguins from 2010-15, leading them to five straight 40-plus win seasons. He was named the 2011 AHL Coach of the Year.
Hynes also was an assistant coach at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell in 2000-01 and at the University of Wisconsin in 2002-03. He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Boston University under legendary coach Jack Parker. Hynes played four seasons for the Terriers and was a member of the Boston University's 1995 NCAA Championship Team.