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Tampa Bay Lightning add former Denver coach George Gwozdecky to coaching staff

Four months after being fired by DU, George Gwozdecky landed on his feet with an NHL assistant coaching position.

Former University of Denver head hockey coach George Gwozdecky has been hired by the Tampa Bay Lightning to be an assistant coach. He will be an asset to head coach Jon Cooper. Many people in the hockey community praise Gwozdecky for his ability to think outside the box and to innovate game plans.

Gwozdecky resurrected the Pioneers hockey program, leading Denver to the 2004 and 2005 NCAA Championships. In addition, he produced numerous NHL players and countless trips to the NCAA Tournament.

Jeff Cox is a hockey reporter for SBNation. Follow Jeff on twitter @JeffCoxSBNation.