December 2, 2021

Jon Cooper to coach Canada’s hockey crew at Beijing Olympics

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Jon Cooper earlier coached Workforce Canada at the 2017 entire world hockey champioships. (Picture by Scott Audette/NHLI by way of Getty Photos)

Hockey Canada will hand the keys to Jon Cooper in look for of a third consecutive Olympic gold medal (with NHL involvement, of course).

The Tampa Bay Lightning manager was officially named the head mentor of Canada’s men’s Olympic group at the 2022 Olympic Winter season Games in Beijing on Monday. He will be supported by a selection of some of the ideal coaches in the NHL and counterparts he has a lot of expertise coaching from, like Barry Trotz of the New York Islanders, Bruce Cassidy of the Boston Bruins and Pete DeBoer of the Vegas Golden Knights.

For every the announcement, their participation does hinge on NHL players collaborating at the Wintertime Online games.

Cooper, Trotz, Cassidy and DeBoer sign up for the Hockey Canada braintrust which by now incorporates common supervisor Doug Armstrong, as properly as Ken Holland, Ron Francis and Roberto Luongo. That group is tasked with creating the difficult roster choices. 

Cooper has coached the senior men’s crew earlier, but Beijing will mark his Olympic debut. His final encounter with Hockey Canada came in 2017 at the planet hockey championships in Germany and France, exactly where the Canadians dropped in the championship video game compared to Sweden. 

He normally takes around Olympic tasks from Mike Babcock, who led Canada to again-to-back again gold medals in Vancouver and Sochi. NHLers ended up not involved in 2018 when athletes from Russia captured gold.

Cooper has captured unparalleled results in the final few seasons with the Lightning. The longest-tenured mentor in the league, Cooper is coming of back again-to-back again Stanley Cup wins and coached a lot more postseason video games than any coach about the very last six yrs. 

It is most likely that Cooper will coach at minimum one of his have gamers in Beijing, with Brayden Point anticipated to make the team and Steven Stamkos getting an possibility for Armstrong as nicely. 

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