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Jon Cooper "jacked" for first game as Lightning coach

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12:19 PM ET 03.29 | New Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper took an unorthodox root to the NHL. A college lacrosse player at Hofstra who played hockey in high school in Saskatchewan, Cooper coached in the USHL after closing up his law practice in 2003. He was later hired as the head coach of the AHL's Norfolk Admirals in 2010. After winning a Calder Cup in Norfolk in 2012, Cooper was promoted from Syracuse (the Lightning's AHL affiliate switched cities after last season) to Tampa Bay after the Lightning fired Guy Boucher on Sunday. He'll coach his first game tonight against New Jersey. To say he's excited is an understatement. ???I???m jacked,??? Cooper said about coaching in his first NHL game tonight. ???This is really, really exciting.??? He later joked that "I don't even know how to get to Steve Yzerman's office," referring to his general manager. Good to see he's taking his new gig with a good attitude.

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March 29, 2013  12:20 PM ET

An unorthodox root to the NHL, huh? What is he a plant?

March 29, 2013  12:21 PM ET

He later joked that "I don't even know how to get to Steve Yzerman's office," referring to his general manager.


Don't worry, Jon. You'll learn that route very quickly.

March 29, 2013  12:31 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

He later joked that "I don't even know how to get to Steve Yzerman's office," referring to his general manager. Don't worry, Jon. You'll learn that route very quickly.

Stevie won't be able to tell Jon to get the "h" out coz somebody already did.

March 29, 2013  12:52 PM ET
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He later joked that "I don't even know how to get to Steve Yzerman's office," referring to his general manager. Don't worry, Jon. You'll learn that route very quickly.

Just follow the path in the carpet that Boucher made.

March 29, 2013  01:03 PM ET

What, they stole his car?

March 29, 2013  01:19 PM ET

Stevie Y told ESPN today that he's not going to trade St. Louis.

March 29, 2013  01:41 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

An unorthodox root to the NHL, huh? What is he a plant?

maybe he smokes them....too often LOL

March 29, 2013  01:46 PM ET

I bet he is totally stoked too!

March 29, 2013  02:15 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

An unorthodox root to the NHL, huh? What is he a plant?

apparent the good folks at "Fire and ice (whatever THAT is besides a Robert frost poem) gave their editors Good Friday off

March 29, 2013  02:38 PM ET

They should have hired Jon Stewart instead.

March 29, 2013  04:15 PM ET

"Jon Cooper "jacked" for first game as Lightning coach"

"Jacked up" or "jacked off?"

A solo effort or he getting some help?

 
March 29, 2013  04:47 PM ET
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"Jon Cooper "jacked" for first game as Lightning coach""Jacked up" or "jacked off?" A solo effort or he getting some help?

Great. Now when he asks for someone to 'give him a hand' They're gonna look at you and......

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