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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