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Lightning sign head coach Jon Cooper to multi-year contract extension

Cooper is the franchise's all-time leader for wins with 301.
Credit: AP
Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper, center, talks with linesmen Tony Sericolo (84) and Kory Nagy (97) during the first period of the team's NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018. The Lightning won 4-3. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

The Tampa Bay Lightning have extended the contract of head coach Jon Cooper.

Franchise officials confirm Cooper has just signed a new multi-year deal.

He joined the team six years ago yesterday and is currently the longest-tenured coach in the NFL.

"I am very pleased to announce Jon's extension today," Lightning Vice President and General Manager Julien BriseBois wrote in a statement. "His ability to forge impactful relationships with everyone from players to staff has been a trademark of his tenure with the organization and he is the absolute best coach for our hockey team. Coop's ability to develop a strong culture while continually adapting has been a big part of the team's success."

BriseBois praised Cooper for setting high standards for the organization. 

Cooper is the franchise's all-time leader for wins with 301. The British Columbia native has led the Lightning to a 301-157-44 record in his six seasons with the Bolts.

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