TAMPA– Jon Cooper signed a three-year agreement extension Monday to stay coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning through a minimum of the 2024-25 season.
Cooper assisted the Lightning to successive Stanley Cup champions the previous 2 seasons. They will attempt to end up being the first string to win a minimum of 3 in a row considering that the New York Islanders won 4 directly from 1980-83
” To be truthful, in this company [contract negotiations] actually never ever ends up being a concern,” Cooper stated. “It’s type of like a household environment and great deals of open lines of interaction prior to anything takes place. This was talked about most likely 4 days after we raised the Stanley Cup. We entered the nitty gritty part when we began to come to training school however for me it wasn’t about my agreement, it was ensuring of the entire personnel and we’re all in this together. I didn’t desire any of this to be revealed or to be done yet till everyone was taken care of which appears like its occurred.
” I’m simply delighted to be a part of this company for a couple of more years and simply continue to develop on this requirement we’ve set. It’s the best location to work. I believe enough has actually been stated about (owner) Jeff Vinik and how fantastic he is and the relationship (basic supervisor) Julien [BriseBois] and I have actually had for a variety of years now. Tampa is my house therefore it’s excellent to be able to be back, to be able to be here for a couple of more years.”
The Lightning start the season versus the Pittsburgh Penguins at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Tuesday (7: 30 p.m. ET; ESPN, ESPN , SN, TVAS).
Cooper has actually been the Lightning’s coach because March 25, 2013 and is the longest tenured coach in the NHL.Tampa Bay is 383-197-53 in 633 video games throughout Cooper’s eight-plus seasons as coach. His.647 points portion is 2nd in NHL history (minimum 500 video games coached) behind Scotty Bowman’s.657 in 2,141 video games.
Tampa Bay’s 383 wins are the most in the NHL considering that Cooper took control of as coach. The Lightning likewise lead the League with 2,019 objectives because period.
” Unequivocally, ‘Coop’ is the very best individual for the task,” BriseBois stated. “He is a terrific leader, representative and ambassador for our company. We are fortunate to have him as our head coach and I quite eagerly anticipate our continued collaboration.”
The Lightning have actually reached the Stanley Cup Final 3 times under Cooper. They won in 5 video games versus the Montreal Canadiens last season and in 6 video games versus the Dallas Stars in2020 They lost in 6 video games to the Chicago Blackhawks in 2015.
They likewise reached the Eastern Conference Final in 2016 and 2018, losing each in 7 video games to the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals, respectively.
Cooper was a finalist for the Jack Adams Award voted as the leading coach in the NHL in 2013-14 and 2018-19
He was called the coach for Canada’s guys’s ice hockey group at the 2022 Beijing Olympics on Aug. 9.
Prior to his arrival in Tampa Bay, Cooper invested 3 seasons training the Lightning’s American Hockey League affiliates, going 133-62-26 in 221 video games with Norfolk (2010-12) and Syracuse (2012-13).
He led Norfolk to the Calder Cup as AHL champ in 2011-12, when he likewise won the Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award as the leading coach in the league. Norfolk set a North American expert sports record with a 28- video game winning streak that season.