The Devils announced on Thursday morning that they have agreed to a multi-year contract extension with Head Coach John Hynes.
The announcement was made by Devils Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero, on behalf of Managing Partners Josh Harris and David Blitzer.
“John’s leadership has been instrumental in building both culture and systems that are focused on the development of our players,” said Shero in a statement. “He has cultivated a group of veteran leaders, while helping our young players develop and gain experience. John is to be commended for the progress the team has made under his direction and this commitment shows that we are confident in the role he will play in our future success.”
Earlier this season, Hynes became the second-winningest head coach in New Jersey Devils history. In 2017-18, Hynes led the club to a 44-29-7 (97 points) record and a return to the Stanley Cup Playoffs in just his third season. It was the team’s first post-season action in six years (2011-12). During his time in New Jersey he has also served Team USA as a head coach at the 2016 World Championships and assistant coach at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
“We’ve established a standard in New Jersey of what we expect- how we act, how we practice and how we play,” said Hynes. “Throughout my time here, the management, scouts, coaches, players and support staff have worked tirelessly to create this culture. We will continue to instill in our team the tenets of grit, compete and being a self-starter, as we build this brotherhood. I appreciate the confidence Josh, David and Ray have shown in me from day one, and know that the entire organization is pulling in the right direction.”
“John has been an important part of the progress we have made toward our ultimate objective of competing at the highest level in the League year in and year out,” added Devils Managing Partner Josh Harris. “We have been impressed with John’s leadership ever since he became a first-time NHL head coach with the New Jersey Devils three years ago. He is a fantastic teacher and mentor, qualities which have served the organization well in developing our young talent. His ability to communicate and connect with players has helped define our culture and inspire those around him to be their best.”
“John’s passion for excellence on and off the ice is a critical building block for all that we hope to accomplish as an organization,” stated David Blitzer, Devils Co-Managing Partner. “John is representative of who we are and what we look to become. His commitment to help create an organization that is respected by our competitors and admired by our fans is essential to us.”