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  • John Hynes hired by NJ Devils, becomes NHL’s youngest coach

    Puck Daddy15 hrs ago

    John Hynes was born on Feb. 10, 1975. 

    Patrik Elias was born on April 13, 1976.

    The former will coach the latter next season.

    Hynes, 40, will be announced at the next head coach of the New Jersey Devils at a Tuesday press conference, as the AHL Wilkes Barre-Scranton coach gets the big promotion from his former boss.

    He replaces Lou Lamoriello, Adam Oates and Scott Stevens as Devils coach. He has the strength of three men!

    GM Ray Shero promoted Hynes to the Baby Penguins’ head coaching gig in 2010. Hynes made the playoffs in all five years he was head coach, although his teams lost in the second round three times and the conference finals twice. He had a record of 231-126-27.

    To the surprise of absolutely no one that believes Lou Lamoriello still has more than a guiding hand in crafting the Devils, Hynes played his college hockey at Boston University.

    What kind of coach is he? Rich Chere of the Star Ledger writes: “Wilkes-Barre/Scranton gave up the fewest number of goals in the AHL this past season, but the team also scored goals. The club's goals-differential was plus-49.”

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