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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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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