EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Tampa Bay against Dallas is the first Stanley Cup Final in NHL history to feature a coach facing a former assistant.
Rick Bowness of the Stars worked five years as an assistant under Jon Cooper in Tampa Bay before the sides parted ways in 2018.
Cooper says it was an amicable split. Bowness says he was ready to move on and the Lightning were ready to move on from him.
Now Bowness has the chance to be the second interim coach in as many years to win the Cup.