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Lightning’s Jon Cooper apologizes for ‘skirts’ comment: ‘It was wrong’


Before Jon Cooper’s exit interview news conference Wednesday, he opened up with an apology.

Cooper, the NHL’s longest-tenured coach, had come under fire for saying following Monday’s season-ending loss that you “might as well put skirts” on goalies. He commented on two goaltender interference calls that negated Tampa Bay goals in Game 5 against the Florida Panthers.

“As you know, we had a pretty disappointing series loss the other night and I made an inappropriate analogy about goalies in skirts,” Cooper said. “That is one of those moments, if you could just reach back and grab the words back, I would have. As a father of two and a massive supporter of women’s hockey and girls who play sports, quite frankly, it was wrong.

“I got to go explain myself to my girls. Anyway, I sincerely apologize to all I offended. It has pained me more than the actual series loss itself.”

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