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John Hynes
Born February 10, 1975,
Warwick, Rhode Island, USA
5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
181 lb (82 kg; 12 st 13 lb)
Position Left winger
Shot Left
F. teams
Boston Univ.
Playing career 1994–1997

John Hynes is a retired American ice hockey player and the current head coach for the Nashville Predators of the NHL.

College playing career[]

A 1997 graduate of Boston University, Hynes was a three-year letterman for the Terriers as a forward and participated in four straight NCAA Frozen Four tournaments. In 1995 Boston University captured the 1995 NCAA Division I National Championship in front of Hynes' home crowd in Providence, Rhode Island. Hynes earned a bachelor's degree in health and physical education.

Coaching career[]

Team Years
Boston Univ. 1996-1998
USNTDP Juniors 1998-2000, 2001-2002, 2003-2009
United States National U18 Team 1999-2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008
UMass-Lowell 2000-2001
United States National Junior Team 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008
Univ. of Wisconsin 2002-2003
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 2009-2015
New Jersey Devils 2015-2020
United States National Team 2016, 2019
Nashville Predators 2020-present

College coaching[]

Hynes was a former assistant coach at the University of Massachusetts Lowell during the 2000-01 season. The 2002-03 season, he became an assistant coach for the University of Wisconsin.

USA Hockey[]

After the 2002-03 season, Hynes spent the next six seasons as a head coach with USA Hockey’s National Team 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, posting a 42-17-6 record.

Hynes also lead the U.S. Under-18 national team to three medals at the World Under-18 Championships, a gold in 2006, silver in 2004 and bronze in 2008. He was head coach of the U.S. national team at the 2008 World Junior championships, and was an assistant coach on the 2004 U.S. team that won a gold medal at the World Junior event.

Hynes also was the head coach at the 2016 World Championship and the assistant coach at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey and 2019 World Championship.

WBS Penguins[]

On August 4, 2009, Hynes was named an assistant coach for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, by general manager Ray Shero. He served as an assistant under coach Todd Reirden. On July 31, 2010, the WBS Penguins announced that Hynes would be the teams new head coach, after Reirden was promoted to an assistant level for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

New Jersey Devils[]

Hynes coached the Devils since 2015 as the head coach. He was fired in the 2019-20 mid-season.

Nashville Predators[]

After he was fired from Devils, he became the head coach of the Nashville Predators.


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Preceded by
Todd Reirden
Head Coach of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
2010 - Present
Succeeded by