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Hynes named USA head coach for world championship

John Hynes

John Hynes smiles after being announced as the new head coach of the New Jersey Devils during an NHL hockey news conference, Tuesday, June 2, 2015, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)


New Jersey Devils head coach John Hynes has been named head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team for the upcoming World Championship in Russia.

“John has been involved with U.S. teams on multiple occasions in the past and we’re excited to have him leading our team at the men’s world championship,” said USA Hockey’s Jim Johannson. “John’s teams are always well prepared and his extensive knowledge of our player pool is a big benefit as well.”

From the press release:

Hynes will be making his debut as head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team. He previously spent six seasons (2003-09) behind the bench as a head coach at USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program, and during that time led the U.S. to three medals at the IIHF U18 Men’s World Championship (gold—2006, silver—2004, bronze—2008). In 2004, he helped the U.S. to its first-ever gold medal at the IIHF World Junior Championship as an assistant coach. Hynes was previously named an assistant coach for the U.S. team that will compete in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

The United States opens the tournament on May 6 versus Canada in Saint Petersburg.

Earlier this week, Carolina head coach Bill Peters was named head coach for Team Canada.