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Prince George mayor hopeful Tampa Bay head coach brings Stanley Cup home

FILE - Tampa Bay Lightning players celebrate their Stanley Cup victory. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson)
Summary

The Stanley Cup could be returning to Prince George for another celebration

The Tampa Bay roster has 12 Canadians, but not one skater from British Columbia

However, Jon Cooper -- the longest-serving head coach in the NHL -- was born in Prince George

PRINCE GEORGE (NEWS 1130) — The Stanley Cup could be returning to Prince George for another celebration.

The Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Dallas Stars 2-0 in Game 6 on Monday in the Edmonton bubble to win the franchise’s second Stanley Cup.

The Tampa Bay roster has 12 Canadians, but not one skater from British Columbia.

However, Jon Cooper — the longest-serving head coach in the NHL — was born in Prince George.

The Interior city is now planning a celebration for Cooper and his Stanley Cup win, his first.

Prince George Mayor Lyn Hall says it’s not clear what the celebration will look like given the ongoing pandemic, or if Cooper plans to bring the cup home.

“The Coopers have been in Prince George for 50-plus years,” said Hall, adding he’s talked with the coach’s mother.

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“You can imagine how proud they are of him and the achievements he’s had in his entire hockey career. He’s had a fantastic run and this sort of culminates in the Stanley Cup win last night.”

Brett Connelly is also from Prince George and brought the cup home after winning the NHL championship with the Washington Capitals in 2018.

“We had a big event, and invited the whole city to come out,” Hall said. “I don’t think that’s going to be able to occur this time around, but perhaps a parade of some sort.”