Jon Cooper yells at a referee
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Jon Cooper given a penalty for hitting a referee during tonight's game

Published January 6, 2024 at 8:21 PM
Jon Cooper has always been an emotional Head Coach. It's that reason that so many players love to play for him. Cooper is always willing to go to bat for his team and his players whenever necessary. Tonight. However, it appears he has crossed the line.

During tonight's game against the Boston Bruins, the Lightning head coach let his temper get the best of him. After the Bruins made the game 3-1 in the first period, Cooper absolutely lost it. While speaking to both referees Cooper grew extremely animated, flailing his arms and screaming at the top of his lungs.

That is when Cooper's arm struck the arm of the referee and that was all the referee needed to see. The referee immediately called the penalty and penalized the Lightning for their head coach's actions.

Cooper is extremely lucky he wasn't ejected from the game and instead just received the 2 minute minor penalty. It's hard to believe the NHL won't review this and could look at giving a significant fine to the head coach.
January 6   |   455 answers
Jon Cooper given a penalty for hitting a referee during tonight's game

Should Jon Cooper have been ejected?

Yes, he absolutely should have been26057.1 %
No, a minor is fine14131 %
If a player does this it's 20 games5411.9 %
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