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Lightning hire Jon Cooper as coach

Updated: March 25, 2013, 10:31 PM ET
Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning hired Jon Cooper as their new coach on Monday.

Cooper had been coaching Syracuse of the AHL, Tampa Bay's top minor league affiliate. He is replacing Guy Boucher, who was fired Sunday after 2½ years with the team.

"He has had success at every level he has coached and is extremely familiar with our organization, as well as our players," Tampa Bay general manager Steve Yzerman said in a statement. "He has a tremendous record at all levels and ...

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