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Team: Tampa Bay Lightning
Age / DOB:  (49) / 8/23/1967
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 167

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Lightning bench boss Jon Cooper will coach Team Canada at the upcoming World Hockey Championships.
This is Cooper's first stint with Hockey Canada. Former Panthers head coach Gerard Gallant, Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol and Dave King will be his assistants. "Canada has tremendous depth in both its player and coaching pool, and we are fortunate to welcome a blend of experience and new faces to our program for this year’s IIHF World Championship," said Hockey Canada president and CEO Tom Renney. The tournament kicks off on May 5th in France and Germany. Apr 11 - 6:30 PM

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Tampa Bay may host another major NHL event yet.

It's been since the 1999 All-Star game that the city of Tampa Bay has hosted a major NHL event, and with Gary Bettman's expectation that a trio of outdoor events will be held next season - Tampa Bay "is in the mix," NHL executive vice president Steve Mayer said. "The city can house a world-class event. It's proving it time after time after time." Bettman, Mayer and their annual multi-city tour to scout for future sites and came away impressed by Tampa and Amalie Arena. After seeing what Los Angeles was able to do with the ice, it's easy to imagine that it'd go over just as well down in Florida's most famous bay.
Source: Joe Smith
Jan 1 - 6:40 PM

The Lightning have one won the last eight games.

"This is probably one of our worst if not our worst in the last couple of years," coach Jon Cooper said. "You go through the resume the last three or four of years of the all the ups and downs this team had. This is just a different one, that's all, and we've always found a way to struggle and emerge, and I'm sure we'll find it again." Saturday's match versus Pittsburgh, which resulted in a 4-3 loss, was the sixth time in the past eight games that the Lightning allowed at least four goals.
Mon, Dec 12, 2016 11:10:00 AM

Tampa Bay's slow starts have concerned coach Jon Cooper.

The Lightning have seven first-period goals in 12 games, with six coming in two contests. The team has trailed after one period six times, led after one twice and there have been four goalless ties.
Mon, Nov 7, 2016 10:09:00 AM

Rick Bowness has signed a multi-year extension with Tampa Bay.

It was reported recently that he was interviewed for the head coaching job in Anaheim, but they are set to name Randy Carlyle as their bench boss on Tuesday. Bowness joined Tampa Bay as associate coach in 2013-14.
Tue, Jun 14, 2016 11:34:00 AM

The Lightning have a whopping 12 players who will particiapte in the upcoming World Cup of Hockey.

They are tied with the Blackhawks for the most players from one team who are on rosters. It is certainly a testimony to the teams' scouts and development people that Tampa has become such a powerhouse squad in the NHL. Ben Bishop and Ryan Callahan will skate for Team U.S.A., while Jonathan Drouin (North America), Steven Stamkos (Canada), Andrei Vasilevskiy, Vladislav Namestnikov and Nikitak Kucherov (Russia), Valteri Filppula (Finland), Andrej Sustr and Ondrej Palat (Czech Republic) and Anton Stralman and Victor Hedman (Sweden) will also compete in the tournament.
Sat, May 28, 2016 10:05:00 AM

The Tampa Bay Lightning have inked a one-year affiliation agreement with ECHL Kalamazoo.

Kalamazoo will serve as the Lightning's primary ECHL partner for the 2016-17 campaign. "We are very happy to welcome the Kalamazoo Wings to the Lightning organization today," Lightning assistant general manager Julien BriseBois said. "The Wings have maintained a strong commitment to success and we are proud to partner with them. We look forward to furthering the development of our prospects in the ECHL while helping the K-Wings win the Kelly Cup next season."
Wed, May 25, 2016 12:19:00 PM

Tampa coach Jon Cooper shuffled his forward lines for Game 4.

The change worked out very well for the Lightning as they were able to defeat the Penguins 4-3 and tie the series 2-2. Vladislav Namestnikov centered a line featuring wingers Alex Killon and Nikita Kucherov, while Jonathan Drouin played alongside Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat. Cooper could opt to start Game 5 the very same way.
Sat, May 21, 2016 10:29:00 AM

The Tampa Bay Lightning could eliminate the New York Islanders on Sunday, but they know that won't be easy.

"One thing we have learned is you get the other team's 'A' game on those opportunities that you have to close the team out," coach Jon Cooper said. "We saw (that) when we played Detroit. They gave us everything we possibly had, and I'm sure that's going to happen (today)." If the Islanders do manage to stay alive, these two teams will go back to Brooklyn for Game 6.
Sun, May 8, 2016 10:36:00 AM

The Lightning players can certainly use the 4-5 days off they will get between their series-clinching win Thursday night against Detroit and the start of the second round.

Tampa awaits the winner of the Florida-Islander series, a series which will finish at the earliest on Sunday. The second round would then start on Tuesday, a full five days after the Lightning dispatched the Red Wings. The Bolts could use the rest. Both Ryan Callahan and Cedric Paquette are banged up and Tyler Johnsons seems to be under the weather.
Sat, Apr 23, 2016 09:21:00 AM

The Tampa Bay Lightning are using their playoff experience to their advantage.

"I truly believe been there, done that helps. I think when you’ve been put in these situations before, you’re just better prepared," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "I’m not sitting here saying every single game is going to go like this. … But are you giving yourself a chance? The last two nights, when the game’s got a little dicey, hung in the balance, we’ve found a way. We truly believe that’s a couple of years of playoff experience at work." The Bolts currently lead the best-of-seven series 2-0 with Game 3 in Detroit on Sunday.
Sun, Apr 17, 2016 11:21:00 AM

Jon Cooper wasn't happy with Canadiens defenseman Greg Pateryn on Saturday night.

Tyler Johnson's head hit the ice because of a shove (after the whistle) from Pateryn. Johnson didn't return to the game and Cooper made his frustration known after the game. "The wonderful thing about this game, why we all love this game, is honor and respect, and (Pateryn) put a blatant disregard for both," Cooper said. "It was egregious what happened. There's no place for it. I'm at a loss for words for what happened." Cooper went on to say that those kind of hits could be season or career-ending.
Sun, Apr 10, 2016 10:55:00 AM

The Tampa Bay Lightning clinched a playoff spot despite losing to the Rangers on Tuesday.

With Boston dropping to Carolina, the Lightning assured themselves more spring time hockey. They won't win the Atlantic Division though, the Florida Panthers claimed that.
Source: Dan Rosen
Tue, Apr 5, 2016 11:17:00 PM

The Tampa Bay Lightning set a new franchise record by winning their ninth straight game on Saturday night.

It wasn't easy, but the Bolts managed to pull off a 4-3 win in overtime over the Carolina Hurricanes. "It's hard enough to win in this league, let alone ring off nine in a row," coach Jon Cooper said. "It would be really awesome if Anaheim didn't reel off 11 in a row (the Ducks won their team-record 11th straight Saturday afternoon). They're kind of stealing our thunder a little bit." The winning streak has helped propel the Bolts to first place in the Atlantic Division. They're two points ahead of second place Florida.
Sun, Mar 6, 2016 10:29:00 AM

Tampa Bay will play five of their next six and 11 of the next 14 games at home.

The Lightning appear to be turning things around with three straight wins and a 6-3-1 record in their past 10 outings. "And so now, we have six games before the All-Star break, and five of them are at home. We have to take care of business here," said coach Jon Cooper. "It starts with a team (Pittsburgh) that pretty much is in the exact same position as we are. We're battling for a (playoff) spot with them, and we have to find a way. We can't sit here and say we've won a couple in a row. We're the one team that I don't think has really gone on any sort of run. We've started one here, and now we have to keep this going." Tampa Bay had the best home record in the league last year, but they have posted a 10-8-2 mark this campaign. That will have to improve to get them back in the postseason.
Fri, Jan 15, 2016 08:34:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Tyler Johnson
2Vladislav Namestnikov
3Cedric Paquette
4Steven Stamkos
LW1Jonathan Drouin
2Ondrej Palat
3Alex Killorn
4Greg McKegg
RW1Nikita Kucherov
2Ryan Callahan
3Brayden Point
4J.T. Brown
D1Victor Hedman
2Anton Stralman
3Jason Garrison
4Braydon Coburn
5Andrej Sustr
6Luke Witkowski
G1Andrei Vasilevskiy
2Peter Budaj