Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Nuts & Bolts

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.


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

Lightning: Jon Cooper on food, actors, music, family 03/30/13 [Last modified: Saturday, March 30, 2013 10:31pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. HomeTeam 100: Players 61-70


    Jefferson wide receiver Dontavius Smith during the game between Jefferson High School and Jesuit High School at Jesuit on Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, in Tampa, Fla.
  2. A second chance at life, away from the game he loved

    The Heater

    Dylan Delso, a catcher for the Tampa Bay Rays' Gulf Coast League team, displays his scar at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Fla., on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. On June 25, 2016 Delso fell backward down a flight of stairs, suffering a nearly fatal head injury that put him in a coma for eight days. He's finally back on the baseball field after a miraculous recovery.
  3. Rays morning after: Steven Souza Jr.'s status is a major concern


    The Rays will know more about the status of RF Steven Souza Jr. later today after reviewing results of a scheduled MRI and exam of the left hip he strained in Wednesday's game on an awkward slide into second.

    Steven Souza Jr. strained his left hip in Wednesday's game on an awkward slide into second.
  4. Lightning's Ondrej Palat happy with new deal, new talent

    Lightning Strikes

    Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat (18) works to play the puck against the Winnipeg Jets during first period action at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Tuesday evening (01/03/17).
  5. 2008 playoff thoughts in bloom for Rays; Souza injury not expected serious in loss to A's

    The Heater

    OAKLAND, Calif. — Before the 7-2 loss to the A's and Steven Souza Jr.'s hip injury, or at least scare, Wednesday started with good vibes in the Rays' clubhouse.

    Rays rightfielder Steven Souza Jr. hurts his hip after an awkward slide into second base during the first inning.