Lightning sign coach Cooper to multi-year extension

The Tampa Bay Lightning have given head coach Jon Cooper a multi-year contract extension.

The club announced it today with a press release:

Cooper, a native of Prince George, British Columbia, has led the Lightning to 112-70-23 record and a .602 winning percentage in 205 games. He has guided the Bolts to the Stanley Cup Playoffs in each of his two full seasons since coming to Tampa Bay, including a trip to the Stanley Cup Final in 2015. On April 11, 2015, Cooper earned his 100th career victory, making him the fifth-fastest coach to do so among those who debuted in the league since 2000. He was also named a finalist for the 2014 Jack Adams Award, given annually to the NHL’s top bench boss.

The Lightning didn’t say how long Cooper’s contract was extended, but it’s “believed to be two years,” according to the Tampa Bay TimesHe was reportedly in the final year of his current deal. 

Cooper’s team is in the midst of a three-game California road trip. The Lightning beat Anaheim Wednesday. They play in San Jose and Los Angeles this weekend.

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