August 1, 2014

Cooper named new coach in Tampa Bay

Former Green Bay Gamblers head hockey coach Jon Cooper has been named the 8th

Jon Cooper

Jon Cooper

head coach of the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning.

Cooper joins the Lightning after having spent the previous three seasons behind the bench of Tampa Bay’s top minor league affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals and then this season with the Syracuse Crunch.

Cooper led the Gamblers to an 84-27-9 record in two seasons, finishing both with the best record in the USHL and winning the 2010 Clark Cup.

Last season, Cooper led Norfolk to the Calder Cup Championship.  He’ll take over on the Tampa Bay bench on Friday night.