Born: 2.10.75 Providence, Rhode Island
A lot of people had predicted that for his first head coaching hire, Ray Shero would go with someone he
knows. They were proven right, although everybody was expecting Dan Bylsma. (I personally did not
Shero had hired Hynes to the Wilkes-Barre-Scranton coaching staff in 2009 as an assistant, and
promoted him to the head man when he, in turn, promoted then head coach Todd Reirden to the NHL
Penguins in an assistant's role.
From there, Hynes coached for five seasons where the Penguins had no fewer than 42 wins or 88 points
on a season (He lead the WBS Pens to the best record in the AHL his first year.), and had playoff runs
that ended no earlier than the second round. (Includes two consecutive Eastern Conference final
appearances: they lost to the Syracuse Crunch in 5 games in 2013, and they lost to the St. John's Ice
Caps in 6 in 2014.)
Prior to the Pens' organization, he had also coached in the US National Team Developmental Program
for six seasons. He had a very impressive winning percentage in that time, and he also lead the Under-18
Team to medals in the World U18 tournaments 3 times (silver in '04, gold in '06, and bronze in '08.), as
well as coaching the U20 team in '08 to a fourth place finish in the Czech Republic-hosted World Junior
tournament. (Even now, he's still much a part of the US National program, head coaching at Worlds
2016 and being an assistant at the World Cup of Hockey.)
That tells me that one of his strong suits is player development, particularly the young ones. That's the
kind of coach a team that's in a rebuilding phase is gonna need, so that works out.
The end result of that first season: yes, they fell short of the playoffs again, but they were still in the hunt
until the last few weeks of the season. The effort was there, thus, the results were good, better than
what everybody was expecting.
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