Bruins Sign Head Coach and QMJHL Alumnus Claude Julien to Multi-Year Contract Extension
Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, July 23, that the club has signed Head Coach Claude Julien to a multi-year contract extension. Chiarelli and Julien will speak to media about the extension on Tuesday, July 24.
He began his coaching career in 1996 with the Hull Olympiques of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, where his teams compiled a 141-109-16 record (.560 win percentage) in 266 games, made the playoffs all four seasons and captured the 1997 Memorial Cup championship.
Following his success in the QMJHL, Julien was tabbed as the head coach of the Montreal Canadiens’ top affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League, in 2000. He coached the Bulldogs for two-plus seasons with a 98-77-19-11 record and .551 win percentage in 205 AHL games, prior to being promoted to Montreal in January 2003. After posting a 33-6-3-3 record and .800 win percentage with Hamilton before the move, Julien shared the AHL’s Coach of the Year honors in 2002-03 with current Bruins assistant coach Geoff Ward, who succeeded him behind the Bulldogs bench.
Julien coached his first full NHL season in 2003-04, leading the Montreal Canadiens to their best record in 10 years with 93 points and a first-round upset victory over the Bruins in the 2004 playoffs. Following the 2005-06 season with Montreal, he was named the head coach of New Jersey on June 13, 2006, where he compiled a 47-24-8 record for 102 points and first place in the Atlantic Division in 79 games in 2006-07.
|Head Coach Claude Julien
Julien, named the 28th head coach in Bruins history on June 21, 2007, led Boston to the club’s first Stanley Cup Championship in 39 years in 2011, following a 4-0 victory over the Vancouver Canucks in Game 7. In five seasons behind the B’s bench, Julien has led the club to an overall record of 228-132-50 (.617 win percentage). His 410 Bruins games coached rank third all-time in club history and he is fourth all-time in Boston wins, trailing only Art Ross (361), Milt Schmidt (245) and Don Cherry (231). During his tenure, Julien’s squads have never missed the postseason, registering a career playoff record of 36-27 (.571 win percentage) to rank first all-time among B’s bench bosses in post-season victories.
In January, Julien was named head coach for Zdeno Chara’s team at the 2012 NHL All-Star Game, making his second appearance, having served as head coach at the 2009 NHL All-Star Game in Montreal.
In 2011-12, Julien led the Black & Gold to its fifth consecutive season recording 91 or more points with 102, and the second straight season above 100, after reaching 103 points in 2010-11. Under Julien, the B’s did not suffer a regulation loss in the month of November with a 12-0-1 record and recorded the most points (25) in a single month since a 25-point March in 1978. It also marked the first full calendar month without a regulation loss since finishing January, 1969 with a 10-0-4 mark. Boston’s 10-game win streak from November 1-23 tied for the fourth-longest streak in team history and was their longest win streak since a 10-game stretch from December 12, 2008-January 1, 2009. Within that same span, Julien led the Bruins to a 15-game point streak (14-0-1) from November 1-December 5, the club’s longest such streak since 1983.
The 2011-12 season for Julien also marked the first time his Bruins swept Toronto since the Maple Leafs joined the Eastern Conference in 1998-99, in addition to registering the best single-season shootout record (9-3) recorded in team history. The ability to keep his bench composed late in games led the Black & Gold to record a +42 third-period goal differential this season, which was higher than the overall differential of all but four NHL clubs. Julien’s B’s also posted a league-best overall goal differential of +67.
Julien reached several personal and team milestones during the 2011-12 season, coaching his 600th NHL (December 28th at Phoenix) and 400th Bruins (March 19th vs. Toronto) games while notching his 300th NHL win in a 3-2 shootout victory at Chicago on October 15th and his 200th victory behind the Boston bench by a 6-0 score in Philadelphia on December 17th.
The Blinder River, Ontario native guided Boston to the Eastern Conference’s top regular-season record in 2008-09, finishing 53-19-10 for 116 points. He was voted the winner of the 2009 Jack Adams Award, given “to the head coach who has contributed the most to his team’s success,” becoming just the third head coach in Bruins history to capture the award. He also earned NHL Coach of the Year honors from The Sporting News. The club’s 116 points was the third-highest total in franchise history, a 22-point increase over 2007-08 and 40-point increase over 2006-07. That season, Julien steered the club to its first Eastern Conference Semifinals appearance since 1999 and its second consecutive postseason appearance, after having guided the 2007-08 Bruins to a 41-29-12 record and the club’s first playoff berth since 2003-04.
Julien joined the Bruins in 2007 with ten years of coaching experience at the junior hockey, AHL and NHL levels, in addition to a 12-year professional playing career. He has coached 648 games for the Bruins, Montreal Canadiens and New Jersey Devils in his NHL career, while posting a 347-218-14 record (.535 win percentage) and 40-34 (.541 win percentage) all-time record in the postseason.
In addition to professional hockey, Julien has also coached at the international level, winning a bronze medal as head coach of Team Canada at the 2000 IIHF World Junior Championship and a silver medal as an assistant coach for the 1999 World Juniors squad. He also served as an assistant coach for Team Canada at the 2006 IIHF World Championship. Prior to coaching, Julien enjoyed a 12-year professional career as a defenseman at the IHL, CHL, AHL and NHL levels. He played 14 career NHL games over two seasons with the Quebec Nordiques (1984-86), recording one assist and 25 penalty minutes, after recording 246 points in a 469-game American Hockey League career with Fredericton, Baltimore, Halifax and Moncton.