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Lightning's Jon Cooper regrets remarks he made after loss to Panthers

Published May 1, 2024 at 6:52 PM

Jon Cooper, head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning, issued an apology for remarks he made regarding goaltending after his team's playoff loss to the Florida Panthers

Following the Tampa Bay Lightning's loss to the Florida Panthers in the first round of the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Bolts coach Jon Cooper had a lot to say regarding goaltenders. Now, he's issuing an apology for some of it.

Cooper was upset with two goals his team scored which were called off by officials. He felt goaltenders should have to face some adversity from net-front battles, rather than goals being called off by incidental contact.

"We might as well put skirts on them then... I think we're letting the goalies off the hook."

The comments rubbed some the wrong way as they felt it was demeaning to women. In his opening remarks today at the Lightning's end-of-season news conference, Cooper agreed, and said he wishes he could take it all back.

"As you know, it was a pretty disappointing series loss the other night. I made an inappropriate analogy about goalies in skirts. It's one of those moments if you could just reach back and grab the words back, I would have. As a father of two, especially a massive supporter of women's hockey, I have girls that play sports. Quite frankly, it was wrong and I had go and explain myself to my girls. I sincerely apologize to all I offended. It's pained me more than the actual series loss itself."

Cooper is an introspective person who has no issue admitting when he was wrong, or defending himself when he believes he's right. In this instance, he's getting a lot of praise for his willingness to address the issue head on.

"I've always heard what a good human Jon Cooper is.

I'm not surprised that he was introspective, recognized that his words matter and apologized.

We all say or do the wrong thing. Be accountable, apologize and don't do it again.

It's really that simple folks.

Source: House of Hockey
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