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Penguins Name John Hynes Head Coach Of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins
The Pittsburgh Penguins have promoted John Hynes to head coach of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.

Last season Hynes served as an assistant coach with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Pittsburgh’s top minor-league affiliate, in his first year within the Penguins’ organization.

Hynes, 35, has extensive head coaching experience. Prior to joining WBS, Hynes spent six seasons as head coach with USA Hockey’s National Development Program, posting an overall record of 216-113-19-9. In 2008-09 he was head coach of the U.S. Under-17 Development Team, going 42-17-6.

Hynes has enjoyed great success on the international stage, leading the U.S. Under-18 national team to three medals at the World Under-18 Championships: gold in 2006; silver in 2004; and bronze in 2008.

The Warwick, Rhode Island native was head coach of the U.S. national team at the 2008 World Junior Championships, and an assistant coach on the 2004 U.S. team that won a gold medal at the World Junior event.

Hynes played four seasons at Boston University and helped the Terriers win the 1995 National Championship. He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant to legendary coach Jack Parker at his alma mater. He was also an assistant at UMass-Lowell and the University of Wisconsin before joining USA Hockey’s development program.
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