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Tampa Bay manager Cooper apologizes for skirt comment
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The Lightning head coach apologized for the goalie skirt comment.

Tampa Bay Lightning boss Jon Cooper began his end-of-campaign news conference today by apologizing for making what he called an inappropriate analogy about putting skirts on goaltenders.

After the Game 5 defeat that eliminated the Bolts from the postseason at the beginning of the week, Jon vented about 2 questionable goalie interference rulings that led to the Panthers’ 6-1 victory. Tampa Bay had 2 goals disallowed when the league situation room deemed a player interfered with Sergei Bobrovsky in both episodes.

The NHL’s longest-tenured manager claimed he was sincerely regretful about his comment as a father of 2 daughters who play sports and as a fan of women’s hockey.

“It’s 1 of those episodes. If you could just reach back and grab the words, I would do it without a doubt,” the Lightning head coach shared. “To be honest, I made a mistake, and I’ve got to go and explain myself to my daughters. … I sincerely apologize for causing trouble. It is even worse than the actual matchup defeat itself.”