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5 Reasons Why Jon Cooper Was A Good Hire For Tampa Bay Lightning

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5 Reasons Why Jon Cooper Was A Good Hire For Tampa Bay Lightning

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James Guillory - USA TODAY Sports

When Jon Cooper was first hired by the Tampa Bay Lightning towards the very end of the 2012-13 NHL regular season, many questions around both the team and league were raised. Although Cooper was no new face to coaching hockey, he was a rookie in the NHL coaching world and many people questioned whether or not he was prepared for the next level.

Cooper, like he has always done so far in his coaching career, has backed himself up with wins. His fiery passion and love for the game is once again showing this time in the NHL. When Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman made the move of firing previous head coach Guy Boucher, he clearly knew that Cooper would right the ship. Before coming to the Lightning, Cooper racked up 311 wins in 472 total games coached throughout the minor leagues. With a career coaching record of 311-162 and four championships, one in the USHL, two in the NAHL, and another in the AHL, Cooper was a proven winner.

In his seven plus years of coaching, Cooper has led his teams to the playoffs and beyond all but two seasons. So far with the Lightning, not including last season's brief stint, he has the led the team to a 16-10-1 record and has the Lightning competing at the highest level in an elite division. Although Cooper must continue his winning ways now at the highest level, he is quickly showing the Tampa Bay Lightning why his hiring was no mistake.

Connor Akeman is a Tampa Bay Lightning and NHL writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter, like him on Facebook and join his Google network.

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5. Winning Record

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Kim Klement - USA TODAY Sports

Named the eighth coach in Lightning franchise history, Cooper has proven to win at each and every level. A career coaching record of 311-162 and an AHL coaching record of 133-62-26 truly speak for themselves. Cooper, with four championships under his belt, is no stranger to winning.

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4. Philosophy

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Gary A. Vasquez - USA TODAY Sports

Jon Cooper brings a strict and winning philosophy to this Lightning team. He believes in competing at the highest level in every single game. Players respect this winning formula and the results continue to show on the ice.

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3. Knowledge of Organization

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Robert Mayer - USA TODAY Sports

Cooper is no stranger to the Tampa Bay Lightning minor league system. He has coached the Norfolk Admirals and Syracuse Crunch, both Lightning minor league affiliates. Many players on today's Lightning roster have known Cooper for many years and enjoy his style of coaching.

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2. Competitiveness

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Kim Klement - USA TODAY Sports

Cooper brings a high level of competitiveness to a Lightning team that hasn't seen such a level in many years. Cooper believes that competing every single game will eventually lead to success, and that is important for so many young and talented Lightning players.

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1. Motivation

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Jean-Yves-Ahern - USA TODAY Sports

Cooper has been able to motivate the Lightning to jump out to its best start to a season in franchise history. The Lightning show no signs of slowing down, and Cooper continues to push the team to succeed.