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NOVEMBER 2018 USAHOCKEYMAGAZINE.COM // 25 EVER LET IT BE SAID that John Hynes didn't pay his dues before setting foot behind an NHL bench. The coach who has had a hand in the develop- ment of so many of this nation's best hockey players is himself the epitome of a man who has worked his way up through the ranks to get to where he is today. And he's done it by never straying far from his roots as one of the game's preeminent developmental coaches, always pushing himself as hard if not harder than his players, and never being satisfied, even after reaching the highest level of the game. It's a philosophy he's carried with him over the many miles he's logged on his hockey journey, starting with his days at USA Hockey's National Team Development Program, where he left his mark on some of the greatest players in the game today. "I can never say a bad word about the guy. He was tough, hard- nosed, and in your face, especially at that age," said Chicago Blackhawks superstar Patrick Kane, who honed his game at the NTDP from 2004 to 2006. "We were young—15, 16, 17 years old— so it was a little bit different than we were used to, but he helped a lot of us become men and kind of grow up a bit. "He's a great man and an unbelievable coach," Kane added. "You knew he was going to find his way into the NHL someday. It was just a matter of time. I expect big things from him in the future." It didn't take long for Kane's words to ring true. After being named the head coach of the New Jersey Devils in the fall of 2015, the Warwick, R.I., native proved he belongs at the pinnacle of his profession after leading the Devils back to the Stanley Cup playoffs in his third campaign at the helm, the first time they had qualified for the postseason since 2012. More than just wins and losses, Hynes can take pride in the role he's played in the continued growth in the American hockey that starts at the grassroots and percolates up to the highest levels of the game. The Devil's In The Details PHOTOS BY Getty Images; Rena Laverty John Hynes Passion For Development Has Paved His Way To The NHL // By Roman J. Uschak N

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