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Prince George's Jon Cooper wins first career Stanley Cup with Tampa Bay Lightning

Lightning win 4-2 in series with Dallas, redeeming 2019 first-round exit

For a second time in three years, a Prince George-born hockey product has won the Stanley Cup.

Jon Cooper claims the city's third cup in the NHL's modern era after the Tampa Bay Lightning shut out the Dallas Stars 2-0 in Game 6 to win the Finals series 4-2 Monday night (Sept. 28) in the Edmonton bubble.

"It’s just been way more difficult than I thought," said the 53-year-old in an earlier interview with the NHL. 

"It’s so easy in your dreams, but in reality, it’s a little more difficult."

He defeated Dallas interim head coach Rick Bowness. Bowness had been hired by Cooper as a mentor in 2013 and served the next five years with the Lightning as his assistant.

Swedish defenceman Victor Hedman won the Conn Smythe as the playoffs' most valuable player, scoring 10 goals in 24 games.

In 2019, Tampa was swept out of the first round of the playoffs by Columbus.

This is the second league title for the Bolts in their franchise history, 16 years winning it in 2004 over Calgary in seven games.

Brett Connolly brought the Stanley Cup to Prince George after winning it with the Washington Capitals in 2018, while Turner Stevenson hoisted the mug with the New Jersey Devils in 2003.

- with a file from The Canadian Press


Owner of the @tblightning, Jeff Vinik, congratulates the boys. #StanleyCup

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