After letting Guy Boucher go on Sunday, the Tampa Bay Lightning have named Jon Cooper the eighth head coach in franchise history.
Cooper comes in as a hotshot coach, dominating the AHL during the last couple of season. The 45-year-old coach guided the AHL’s Norfolk Admirals to the Calder Cup championship last year, earning the Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award as the AHL’s top coach. He led the team to a franchise-record 55 wins and 113 points, as well as winning 28 straight games.
Prior to tonight’s announcement, Cooper was coaching Tampa Bay’s affiliate in the American Hockey League, the Syracuse Crunch. Syracuse currently has the best record in the AHL at 39-18-3-5, feeding off the success they had last season when they were the Admirals.
Tampa Bay relieved Guy Boucher of the coaching duties early Sunday morning after he had led the Lightning to a 13-17-1 mark through 31 games.
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