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Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper signs 3-year extension

Jul 7, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper hoists the Stanley Cup after the Lightning defeated the Montreal Canadiens 1-0 in game five to win the 2021 Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 7, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper hoists the Stanley Cup after the Lightning defeated the Montreal Canadiens 1-0 in game five to win the 2021 Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

The two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning announced a three-year extension Monday for head coach Jon Cooper.

The extension keeps the 54-year-old Cooper behind the Lightning bench through the 2024-25 season.

Cooper opens his 10th season with Tampa Bay on Tuesday night against the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins.

“Unequivocally, Coop is the best person for the job,” general manager Julien BriseBois said in a news release. “He is a great leader, spokesperson and ambassador for our organization. We are lucky to have him as our head coach and I very much look forward to our continued partnership.”

Cooper became the Lightning’s ninth head coach on March 25, 2013, taking over after the dismissal of Guy Boucher. He is now the NHL’s longest-tenured bench boss.

“It has been a tremendous honor to be the head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning for the past eight-plus seasons and I’m looking forward to having the opportunity to build on what we have here,” Cooper said in the release. “My family and I love the organization and being a part of the Tampa Bay community, it is our home.”/read

He enters 2021-22 with a record of 384-197-53 in the regular season and 70-46 in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

–Field Level Media