ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- John Hynes, who has spent the last seven years as a head coach at USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program, has resigned to accept the position of assistant coach at Wilkes-Barre Scranton, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins.
“John has done a tremendous job and had a positive impact on hockey in our country on many fronts,” said Scott Monaghan, director of operations for the NTDP. “He’s got a bright future and we wish him and his family the very best.”
Hynes most recently served as head coach for the U.S. National Under-17 Team during the 2008-09 season. He led the U.S. squad to the North American Hockey League North Division regular-season championship for just the second time in NTDP history.
The Warwick, R.I., native led the U.S. Men’s National Under-18 Team to gold in 2006, silver in 2004 and bronze in 2008 at the International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Under-18 Championship. He also served as an assistant coach for the U.S. National Junior Team that captured its first-ever gold medal at the 2004 IIHF World Junior Championship and was the head coach of the 2008 U.S. National Junior Team.
“We were fortunate to have John as part of our coaching staff at the NTDP for seven years,” said Jim Johannson, assistant executive director of hockey operations at USA Hockey. “He has certainly left his mark on the way we develop players in this country.”
A search for Hynes’ replacement is underway.
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