Hynes played junior in Medicine Hat and was Boston’s 5th choice in 1985. But it took the 6-foot-1, 170 pounder another 7 years to make it to the NHL. In between, he spent two seasons in the minors. He even shared a home with Brett Hull. He spent one in Italy and three full years with the Canadian national team coached by Dave King. Hynes said this is where he learned to play the game.
“When I was drafted I had huge eyes. My goal was set on the NHL,” he said. “But I wasn’t huge enough or good enough. I wasn’t that great. I didn’t know how to play and I wasn’t that smart and I didn’t know how to play. I matured.”
He scored 12 goals and 30 assists in 57 games with the national team, bringing another 12 goals and 22 assists in over 48 pre-Olympic games. In seven games at Albertville, Hynes made three goals and three assists.
After the Olympics and a free agent, Hynes went home to think about his future. He was contemplating returning to Europe, and even going to school and retiring from hockey. That’s when Bruins assistant general manager Mike Milbury got in touch with him.
I thought I had the talent and knew I’d get better,” he said. “And I made it to the Stanley Cup playoffs.”
He scored his first NHL goal at the Montreal Forum.
“It was very exciting scoring there,” he said. “I was born there. I was and am a Montreal fan. I dreamed of scoring a goal as part of the Montreal Canadiens. To get a goal in the Forum is the best thing.”