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      It's official, Syracuse Crunch head coach Jon Cooper hired by Tampa Bay Lightning

      Jon Cooper named Tampa Bay Lightning head coach

      Tampa Bay Lightning Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman named Syracuse Crunch coach Jon Cooper the eight head coach in Tampa Bay Lightning history on Monday.

      Cooper spent three years as the head coach of Tampa Bay's minor leage affiliates, first leading the Norfolk Admirals to a Calder Cup championship last season, and most recently leading the Syracuse Crunch to the best record in the AHL this season.

      Cooper will coach his first game for the Lightning on Friday night against the New Jersey Devils.

      Syracuse assistant coach Rob Zettler will take over as head coach for the Syracuse Crunch.