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When it came to developing young talent, Cunniff was among the best at that in the modern game. He
had done such a job at both the international level, the AHL for the Hartford Whalers, and even on the
NHL level with the Whalers and as an assistant for the Boston Bruins before he came on to the Devils as
one of Jim Schoenfeld's assistants.
He was a logical choice to take over the job when Schoenfeld was let go, with his head coaching
experience with the Whalers. He barely kept the team above .500, though, with the players not putting
in a consistent effort every night.
However, Lou Lamoriello did not blame Cunniff for such a shoddy performance on the ice by the team,
which was why he kept him in the organization. In fact, he kept him in for a total of 13 years, which
included serving as the Albany River Rats coach for 5 years, and a post in the scouting system.
He had also been an assistant coach for Team USA on numerous occasions, including 3 Olympics and
the 1996 winners of the World Cup of Hockey.
He died of throat cancer in 2002. He would be posthumously inducted into the US Hockey Hall of
Fame the following year.
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|John Paul Cunniff
Born: 7.9.44 South Boston, Massachusetts