Executive Committee

Jon Cooper

President of the NHLCA Executive Committee, Head Coach, Tampa Bay Lightning


In 2013, Cooper was named the ninth Head Coach for the Tampa Bay Lightning  and is currently the longest tenured Head Coach in the National Hockey League. Since joining the Lightning, Cooper has guided the Bolts to five Eastern Conference Final appearances, three trips to the Stanley Cup Finals, and the franchise’s first ever Presidents’ Trophy in 2018-19.

A native of Prince George, British Columbia, Jon Cooper is the third Head Coach in the expansion era to win multiple Stanley Cup® Championships with their first NHL team, leading the Tampa Bay Lightning to back-to-back Stanley Cup Championships in 2020 and 2021.

Cooper is the first Head Coach to win two Stanley Cups, a Calder Cup (AHL), a Clark Cup (USHL), and a Robertson Cup (NAHL). In 2012 while he was the Head Coach of the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals, Cooper was awarded the Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award as the AHL’s top coach after guiding the team to the Calder Cup Championship.

Peter Laviolette

Head Coach, Washington Capitals


Peter Laviolette is entering his second season with the Washington Capitals after becoming their 19th Head Coach in franchise history. With 198 years of NHL Head Coach experience, Laviolette ranks second among U.S. born coaches in wins, and is ranked 12th overall in NHL history with 673 wins.

Adding to his accolades, Laviolette became the fourth American-born coach to win the Stanley Cup in 2006 with the Carolina Hurricanes, has led 11 NHL teams to post-season Stanley Cup Playoff appearances, and is the fourth coach in NHL history to lead three different teams to the Stanley Cup Finals.

On an international stage, Laviolette has coached Team USA at the 2004, 2005, and 2014 World Championships and has represented Team USA at four Olympic Games, two of which he was a player (1988 and 1994).

Jared Bednar

Head Coach, Colorado Avalanche


Jared Bednar was hired by the Colorado Avalanche in the summer of 2016,  becoming the 15th Head Coach in franchise history. Bednar began his coaching career in the ECHL in 2002 with the South Carolina Stingrays, winning a Kelly Cup Championship in 2009 and was inducted into the ECHL Hall of Fame in 2020. He made the move to the AHL in 2009, coaching in Abbotsford, Peoria, Springfield and Lake Erie. As Head Coach, he led Lake Erie to a Calder Cup Championship in 2016.

Don Granato

Head Coach, Buffalo Sabres


Don Granato was named Head Coach of the Buffalo Sabres in July 2021. Over the past 26 years, Granato has coached in the NCAA, USHL, ECHL, AHL, and NHL with experience as a Head Coach, Assistant Coach, General Manager, and Scout. In 1996, he led the USHL’s Green Bay Gamblers to a Clark Cup Championship, and in 2000 he led the ECHL’s Peoria Rivermen to a Kelly Cup Championship. Granato was named 2001 AHL Coach of the Year while with the Worcester IceCats. In 2008, Granato was inducted into the Peoria Rivermen Hockey Hall of Fame.

On the International stage, Granato led Team USA to a silver medal at the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship and to a gold medal at the 2015 U18 World Junior Championship. In 2018, he helped guide Team USA to a bronze medal at the 2018 World Championships while serving as the team’s Assistant Coach.

Mike Kelly

Assistant Coach, New York Rangers


Mike Kelly has over 30 years of coaching experience in the NHL, AHL, OHL, QMJHL, and Canadian University (U Sports). Most recently, Kelly was an Assistant Coach with the Vegas Golden Knights serving under then Head Coach Gerrard Gallant from 2017 to 2020. Before joining Vegas in their inaugural season, he served as an Assistant Coach with the Florida Panthers for three seasons.

Kelly began his coaching career in 1988 with the London Knights of the OHL and was named U Sports (then CIAU) Coach of the Year in 1998 when he was the Head Coach of the University of New Brunswick Men’s Hockey Team. In 2011, he was the Director of Hockey Operations for the Saint John Sea Dogs when the team won the QMJHL Championship and CHL Memorial Cup.

On an International stage, with Team Canada, Kelly has won a U20 World Junior Championships bronze medal in 2001, two U20 World Junior Championships silver medals in 2002 and 2003, and a U18 World Junior Championship gold medal in 2003.

Lawrence Feloney

Assistant Coach - Video, Nashville Predators


Lawrence Feloney, a native of Natick, Massachusetts, has been with the Nashville Predators organization since 2010 and currently serves as the team’s Assistant Coach – Video. Prior to joining the Predators, Feloney spent four seasons as the Video Coordinator for the New Jersey Devils’ AHL affiliate.

On an international stage, Feloney was the Video Coach for Team USA at the 2014 World Championships.

Ian Clark

Goaltending Coach, Vancouver Canucks


Ian Clark has over 18 years of experience as a Goaltending Coach in the NHL. Clark rejoined his hometown team, the Vancouver Canucks, in 2019 after spending eight seasons with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Clark has coached and developed star goalies including Roberto Luongo, Sergei Bobrovsky, Jacob Markstrom, and Thatcher Demko.

Internationally, Clark served as the Goaltending Coach for Team Canada at the 2005, 2006, and 2007 World Junior Championships, helping the team capture three gold medals.