Jon Cooper

Head Coach Tampa Bay Lightning

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Jon Cooper has led the Lightning to the Stanley Cup Playoffs in each of his two full seasons behind the bench, including a trip to the Stanley Cup Final in 2015. In 2014, he was named a finalist for the Jack Adams Award, given annually to the NHL's top coach.

A seasoned coach, with a win record to match, Jon has the ability to translate what it takes to succeed in the NHL to success in the boardroom.

In a little more than two seasons as the Lightning's bench boss, Cooper has amassed a 100-59-20 record and his .615 winning percentage is the highest in franchise history. Cooper earned his 100th career NHL victory on April 11, 2015, making him the fifth-fastest coach among those who debuted in the league since 2000 to reach that mark.

On March 22, 2016, Cooper recorded his 143rd win as the Lightning's head coach. The win moved Cooper past Terry Crisp for 2nd all-time in wins in franchise history. On November 8, 2017, Cooper recorded his 200th career win as head coach of the Lightning. Cooper joined John Tortorella as the only coaches in franchise history to record 200 wins.

Cooper joined the Lightning after spending three seasons behind the bench of Tampa Bay's top minor league affiliates, the Norfolk Admirals (2010-12) and the Syracuse Crunch (2012-13), compiling a 133-62-26 (.661) record in 221 AHL games.

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Bring the excitement of the NHL and the cache of a NHL celebrity to your events, golf tournaments or corporate dinners by having Jon Cooper act as your host, emcee or engage in a meet and greet.   As a local native to Prince George, British Columbia, his ties to his community, success in the big leagues and his compelling, personal stories make Jon Cooper a great speaker, as well.


Hockey Stories - Life in the NHL

What’s it really like to run a professional NHL team?  Look behind the boards to hear tales from the bench, locker room and about the players themselves.  This unique insight will provide you with lessons on goal setting, the winning edge sprinkled with humor and stories that you won’t hear anywhere else!



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Motivating Millennials

One of the hottest debates today is “How do you motivate Millennials to drive your business forward?”  Hear from one of the best NHL Coaches, who take a different group of Millennials each year and motivate them to the reach their highest performance both individually and as a team.