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USA Hockey Names John Hynes as Assistant Coach for 2016 World Cup of Hockey

After a 21-19-5 start to his first season with the New Jersey Devils, head coach John Hynes has been selected to be an assistant coach for Team USA in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

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USA Hockey has announced their assistant coaches for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, and New Jersey Devils coach John Hynes has been selected to join the coaching staff.

This year's tournament takes place September 17-October 1 in Toronto, Canada. Hynes will join Mike Sullivan (Pittsburgh Penguins head coach), Phil Housley (Nashville Predators assistant coach), Jack Capuano (New York Islanders head coach) and Scott Gordon (AHL's Lehigh Valley Phantoms head coach), as assistant coaches under Team USA head coach John Tortorella (Columbus Blue Jackets head coach).

Thoughts from Team USA's staff

From Team USA general manager, Dean Lombardi:

"We’re extremely pleased with the coaching staff we’ve assembled. It’s a group that not only brings great experience on multiple levels, but is in lock step with where we’re going and how we’re going to get there."

From Team USA head coach, John Tortorella:

"I’m looking forward to working with our coaching staff in guiding the group of players that are ultimately selected to represent our country in the World Cup. We have a group of coaches assembled that all bring something different to the table and that is a real positive as we move toward our ultimate goal of winning the tournament."

John Hynes and USA Hockey

It's true. Hynes coached USA Hockey's National Team Development Program for six seasons. He also has four medals, consisting of a gold medal in the 2004 IIHF World Junior Championships and a gold medal (2006), a silver medal (2004), and a bronze medal (2008) in the IIHF Men's World Under 18 Championship.

Your Thoughts on the Selection

John Hynes is having a solid season with New Jersey that is surpassing the expectations of most in his first year with a rebuilding team. He's being recognized by USA Hockey, and for that, I'd think most Devils fans would be happy for him (and find him a deserving choice, of course).

What do you think of the coaching selection by Team USA? Is Hynes in good company?