TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -The Tampa Bay Lightning have hired Guy Boucher (GEE boo-SHAY) as their new coach.
The former coach of the American Hockey League's Hamilton Bulldogs agreed to a contract after turning down an opportunity to coach the Columbus Blue Jackets earlier this week.
Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman announced the hiring during a news conference Thursday.
Boucher replaces Rick Tocchet, who was fired April 12. At 38, Boucher becomes the youngest coach in the NHL.
The Lightning went 34-36-12 this season and missed the playoffs for the third straight time.
Boucher led Hamilton - Montreal's top minor league affiliate - to the second-best record in the AHL this year, his first as a professional coach.