CHICAGO – Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper is the kind of head coach that inspires confidence in his players. Do what he says, and find success. Follow his instructions, and glory awaits.
Which is why if Jon Cooper tells you to hunt down a bat flying over your rink and then murder it with your hockey stick, you hunt down that bat.
Cooper was the head coach of the Green Bay Gamblers in the USHL from 2008-2010. While we’d like to say he was an awkward, shifting in his shoes introvert who had yet to find his suave, confident tenor with the media … he was pretty much the Jon Cooper that’s lent some swagger to the Lightning’s Stanley Cup run.
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It was Dec. 2009, Cooper's second season. The Gamblers were facing Cedar Rapids. In the third period, there was an uninvited guest to the game: a bat had flown into the arena, and was circling around the ice at a low altitude.
Green Bay goalie Steve Summerhays was genuinely freaked out by theRead More »from Jon Cooper and that time he told his players to murder a bat