WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – With Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s win over the Syracuse Crunch tonight, head coach John Hynes earned his 116th win for the Penguins and became the team’s all-time wins leader.
Hynes moves past Glenn Patrick, who totaled 115 victories as head coach for the Penguins’ during their first four seasons from 1999-2003. Now in this third year as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s head coach, Hynes needed only 183 games to reach the franchise mark for victories. He has compiled a record of 116-57-3-7.
Over the past two seasons, Hynes has led Wilkes-Barre/Scranton two Calder Cup playoff berths and the 2011 AHL regular-season championship while being named the 2011 AHL coach of the year. He recorded his 100th win on Apr. 6 versus Hershey, doing so in just 152 games, becoming the fastest in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton history to accomplish this feat and second-fastest ever in the AHL.
Hynes, 37, enjoyed a remarkable first season as head coach in 2010-11. Hynes coached the Penguins to an impressive 58-21-0-1 record, leading the franchise to its first-ever Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy as AHL regular-season champions and also claiming the Frank Mathers Trophy as East Division regular-season champions. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s 58 wins are the second most in AHL history. For his efforts, Hynes was named as a co-coach for the Western Conference All-Star Squad at the 2011 AHL All-Star Classic in Hershey, PA and won the Louis A.R. Pieri Award as the AHL’s Outstanding Coach.
Hynes served as an assistant coach in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in 2009-10, his first year within the Penguins organization, working under current Pittsburgh assistant coach Todd Reirden and helping the team to the postseason.
The Penguins will be in action next on Wednesday, December 26 at the Giant Center in the first game of a home and home series against the Hershey Bears. Puck drop will be at 7:00 P.M.