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Lightning Round: Jon Cooper hits the 500 win mark

Oct 11, 2022; New York, New York, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper watches his players during the second period against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports

After spending the last year watching his players rack up career milestones, Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper found himself in the spotlight following the team’s 3-2 overtime victory over Los Angeles on Tuesday. It was the 500th win of his career.

Overall, Coach Cooper has a 500-267-72 record in the regular season. Outside of the partial 2012-13 season when he took over for Guy Boucher, Cooper has never had a team finish below the .500 mark (although the Lightning are giving that record a test this year).

Coop required the third-fewest games to hit the mark in NHL history with only Scotty Bowman (825 games) and Bruce Boudreau (837 games) needing fewer. He did it in 839 games, which is the fewest anyone has needed to do it with one franchise.

Congrats to Coach Cooper!

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