Lightning's new assistant coach is George Gwozdecky
Former University of Denver coach George Gwozdecky has agreed to become a Lightning assistant, a source familiar with the situation said. As usual with Tampa Bay, an announcement will come only after a contract has been signed.
He will join coach Jon Cooper and assistants Rick Bowness and Steve Thomas. The hiring was first reported by the Denver Post.
Gwozdecky, 60, fired in April after 19 seasons with the Pioneers and with one year left on his contract, won national championships in 2004 and 2005 and was 443-267-64. Denver also is the only Division I program to win at least 20 games the past 12 seasons. But the Pioneers were bounced from the NCAA tournament in the first round in five of the past six years.
Gwozdecky is an interesting hire in that coach Jon Cooper seemed adamant at the June draft that he wanted another assistant who, like Bowness, had NHL experience.