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It’s official: Lightning name Jon Cooper head coach

Mar 25, 2013, 10:20 PM EDT


It was reported earlier Monday that Jon Cooper would be named head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning, and the NHL franchise made it official in the evening.

The Lightning officially announced Cooper as the team’s new head coach Monday evening. The news comes after Guy Boucher was fired early Sunday morning.

“We are very pleased to introduce Jon as our head coach today,” Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman said in a statement on the team’s website.

“He has had success at every level he has coached and is extremely familiar with our organization, as well as our players.  He has a tremendous record at all levels and we feel he is ready to make the move to the NHL.”

According to, Cooper will reportedly be introduced at a press conference Wednesday.

The Lightning are 14th in the Eastern Conference standings, with only 16 games remaining in the season to try and salvage a playoff position.


  1. mathieug79 - Mar 25, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    Sounds good! Now get this Coach a Goalie, and 2 dmens!


    A Loyal Lightning Fan

    PS I’ve been a fan since 1993 and been through the ups and downs (Mostly downs). We have a surplus of young prospects, gets a solid top 4 dmen, and a Goalie and I garantee you Tampa Bay will battle right to the end for the last playoff spot!!!!

  2. oquintero99 - Mar 25, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    Been a fan of TB since they started (for some reason I think their logo rocks). Anyways, hopefully TB rebounds and makes the playoffs. If not, just get the ball rolling for next season.

    • mizbinboston - Mar 26, 2013 at 12:43 AM

      Stamkos deserves an infinite amount more credit that he receives. Wish you guys would recognize and appreciate it.

      • hockeyflow33 - Mar 26, 2013 at 1:27 AM

        Who is he underrated by?

      • 19to77 - Mar 26, 2013 at 1:52 AM

        Seriously. He’s regarded just about universally as a top-3 player in the entire NHL. Who isn’t appreciating him enough, exactly?

  3. mizbinboston - Mar 26, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    Clever. Did you guys purposely include that picture of him standing behind a Detroit fan in a zipped up hoodie or did that just “happen”? Obviously we keep tabs on the Lightening because Stevie Y is our hero and can walk on water.

  4. cubfan531 - Mar 26, 2013 at 2:25 AM

    Used to have to watch this guy coach against my team in the USHL. Dude made the Green Bay Gamblers into a powerhouse. Always had high regards.

  5. boltsfan777 - Mar 26, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    Now get rid of the dead wood veterans that weren’t responding to Boucher, free up some money to fill some holes, and bring up some more Crunch players. The Crunch rookies we’ve seen can never be accused of “not playing with urgency” or being “unprepared”. When the team plays 60 minutes like the other night (in a losing effort) against the Jets, *they don’t need a top goalie*. Hockey is a game of emotion and those rookies bring truckloads of it.

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