WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins head coach John Hynes and assistant coach Alain Nasreddine have each been signed to multi-year contract extensions, it was announced today by Pittsburgh Penguins executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.
Hynes, 36, led the Penguins to a regular-season championship in just his first year as an AHL head coach, finishing with a record of 58-21-0-1 and helping set franchise records for wins, home wins (30), road wins (28), and points (117).
The 58 wins was the second-highest total ever posted by an AHL team in a single season and his work earned him the Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award as the American Hockey League’s most outstanding coach, making him the first Penguins head coach to capture the honor. Having guided the Penguins to the best record in the league in early January, Hynes was also named a co-coach for the AHL’s Western Conference All-Star Team.
The native of Warwick, R.I. joined the Penguins organization as an assistant coach in 2009-10, and was named head coach on July 31, 2010. Hynes previously coached in the United States National Team Development Program, where his Under-18 national teams won silver (2004), gold (2006) and bronze (2008) in IIHF world championship play.
Nasreddine, 35, found immediate success as Hynes’ assistant in his first year as an AHL coach. Spending parts of five seasons with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in his playing days, Nasreddine ranks 10th all-time in games played (249) and tied for seventh all-time in points by a defenseman (56).
Nasreddine’s AHL career spans 726 games with Carolina, Portland, Fredericton, Quebec, Hamilton, Bridgeport, and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The native of Montreal, Quebec also appeared in 74 NHL contests with Chicago, Montreal, NY Islanders, and Pittsburgh. He was originally selected by the Florida Panthers in the sixth round (135th overall) in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft.