The Tampa Bay Lightning named Jon Cooper as the eighth head coach in franchise history on March 25, 2013. Cooper joined the Lightning after having spent the previous three seasons behind the bench of Tampa Bay's top minor league affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals from 2010-12 and this season with the Syracuse Crunch, compiling a 133-62-26 (.661) record in 221 AHL games. Cooper was awarded the Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award as the AHL's top coach last season after guiding the Admirals to the Calder Cup Championship. ...more
Rick Bowness was named to the position of associate coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning on June 3, 2013. Bowness spent the previous seven seasons with the Vancouver Canucks, beginning his tenure there as an assistant and later being elevated to associate coach. The Canucks reached the Stanley Cup Playoffs in all but one of Bowness’ time behind the bench, including an appearance in the 2011 Stanley Cup Final. ...more
The Tampa Bay Lightning named George Gwozdecky assistant coach on August 9, 2013. Gwozdecky spent 19 seasons at Denver as head coach, posting a 443-267-64 record in 774 games. He led the Pioneers to back-to-back NCAA National Championships in 2004 and 2005 and earned National Coach of the Year honors in 1993 and 2005. In addition he was named the WCHA Coach of the Year in 1995, 2002, 2005 and 2010. ...more
The Lightning hired Frantz Jean as goaltending consultant on September 7, 2010. He works with all goaltenders in the organization. Before joining Tampa Bay he served as goaltending coach for the Moncton Wildcats of the QMJHL.
We were thinking about Rich back home, but I thought we did a great job getting mentally ready for this game. We're still in a big playoff push and we found a way to get two points. It's not easy. It hit our guys pretty good [Monday] night. We did a great job as a group.