Monday, February 19, 2018
Tampa Bay Lightning

Lightning: Jon Cooper on food, actors, music, family

5 questions Coach Jon Cooper

Go-to karaoke song?

Bonnie Tyler, Total Eclipse of the Heart.

Best thing you can cook?

Barbecue chicken wings. Once you have them, you'll never want to eat any others.

Must-see actor?

Probably Vince Vaughn. He's just a guy I'd like to sit down and have a couple beers with.

What band would you like to play with?

Oh, Kiss, for sure, in that era, too.

Who in history would you like to have dinner with?

My mom, my dad, my wife, my brother and my kids.

Titlists

Cooper and his wife, Jessie, have three kids — twin daughters Julia and Josephine, 4, and son Jonathan, 2 — and they all have impeccable timing.

Julia and Josephine were born the day before their father's St. Louis Gamblers won the 2008 junior North American Hockey League championship.

Jonathan was born the day before his father's Green Bay Bandits won the 2010 junior United States Hockey League championship.

"You never know," Jessie said. "We might just have to buckle down and have another if we want to win one."

Spit take

Cooper said he rarely gets "riot act" mad at referees during games. But there was one game he recalled — he was unsure if he was coaching in juniors or for AHL Norfolk — when he was on what he called "such a ranting roll" that a bit of saliva flew out of his mouth.

"And I saw it coming out, and my eyes crossed, and it landed on (the referee's) visor," Cooper said. "And I stopped, and then I wiped it off and said 'I'm sorry,' and I just lost all my mojo. It was a good one."

Number of the day

2 NHL players who, beginning with the 2000-01 season, have more points than Lightning RW Marty St. Louis' 895: the Shark's Joe Thornton (1,000 entering Saturday) and the Penguins' Jarome Iginla (899).

Quote of the day

"It's a difficult time for his family, but personally, the grieving process has started long ago knowing what he was going through. We hated to see a friend in pain. We wanted him to be at ease." — Lightning assistant coach Dan Lacroix, on fellow assistant Wayne Fleming, right, who died last week from brain cancer at 62

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