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Tampa Bay Coach Fired After Slow Start

By Alex Johnston
Epoch Times Staff
Created: March 24, 2013 Last Updated: March 24, 2013
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Tampa Bay coach fired: The head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning was fired after a 13-17-1 start to the season.

Coach Guy Boucher of the Tampa Bay Lightning talks with his players during a game agianst the Carolina Hurricanes during play at PNC Arena on Jan. 22, 2013 in Raleigh, N.C. (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Coach Guy Boucher of the Tampa Bay Lightning talks with his players during a game agianst the Carolina Hurricanes during play at PNC Arena on Jan. 22, 2013 in Raleigh, N.C. (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Guy Boucher was fired as coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning, the team said in a statement on Sunday.

Assistants Martin Raymond and Dan Lacroix will share coaching responsibility in the wake of the firing.

“Guy has poured his heart and soul into the Lightning organization for these past three years and we appreciate all the work he has done,” general manager Steve Yzerman said in a release on the team’s website.

So far, Tampa Bay has posted a 13-17-1 record and is second to last-place in the Eastern Conference.

“Ultimately I am not satisfied with the direction we are heading and I believe making a change today is in the best interest of our franchise,” Yzerman added.

Boucher was tapped to be Tampa Bay’s coach in 2010 despite him having no experience as an NHL head coach. In his first season, the Lightning went to the Eastern Conference finals.

This season, the Lightning had hopes of making it deep in the playoffs, but it appears Tampa Bay will miss the playoffs for a second straight season.

Over his Lightning career, Boucher posted a 97-78-20 record.

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