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Guy Boucher is new coach of Tampa Bay Lightning @NHLdotcom

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.

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