COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) New Jersey Devils coach John Hynes has been named the coach of the United States team that will compete at the International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Championship in Russia next month.
USA Hockey announced the appointment on Friday, two days before the end of the NHL regular season.
The tournament will be held from May 6-22 in Moscow and St. Petersburg.
Hynes has been involved with several U.S. teams, but this is his first time as head coach.
He was previously named an assistant coach for the U.S. team that will compete in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
Hynes is finishing his first season as an NHL head coach. He spent the previous six seasons with the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins of the AHL.
Other staffers on the 2016 U.S. Men's National Team include Stan Bowman (Chicago Blackhawks), Dean Lombardi (Los Angeles Kings), David Poile (Nashville Predators), Ray Shero (New Jersey Devils), Dale Tallon (Florida Panthers) and Don Waddell (Carolina Hurricanes). In addition, Chris Drury (New York Rangers) will serve as a member of the management group.