TD Bank

Julien Relishes the Moment

Thursday, 06.16.2011 / 12:50 AM ET / Features
By Hannah Becker  -
Share with your Friends

Julien Relishes the Moment – When you hear the phrase “2011 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins," the coach -- the man that stood behind the bench, rallied the troops and lead the players to the biggest moment of their professional hockey careers -- might not be the first name to come to mind.

Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien hoists the Stanley Cup after the Bruins defeated the Vancouver Canucks in Game 7 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals on Wednesday, June 15, 2011, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck)
For the Bruins that man in Claude Julien, and while his players celebrate their accomplishment, he's happy to remain in the background.

“I’ve been through these situations before and the best way is always to stand back and watch everybody else enjoy it and enjoy it through their eyes,” Julien said after the game.

Julien led his players through the ups and downs of the 100-game-plus season. He led his team back from two 2-0 series deficits and won three Game 7s. Julien withstood the criticism along the way and kept the team that he knows from the very core, together as a group, performing as a single unit.

“As a coach, you understand that you are going to be subject to criticism, but the most important thing is what is going on inside that dressing room and there wasn’t a guy who didn’t believe in what we were doing,” the B’s coach said.

“So had I worried about that other stuff, I probably wouldn’t be standing here today.”

Wednesday's game was the biggest of Julien’s career, but he approached it just like any other. Sixty-minutes. A sixty-minute effort was all he asked of his players. And for a coach who knows how to relate to his players, and is always open and honest with them, what Julien wanted was what the Bruins gave him.

“I know that before we went out for the third period, everybody in there was telling each other that there was no way in the world that we could even let up for a second and that we had to play a full sixty minutes,” he said.

“And that’s been our team for these playoffs, a sixty-minute effort because they’ve heard me say it all year.”

The road has been a long one for the B’s, and just in this series, they’ve had to endure a devastating injury to their biggest-game player, Nathan Horton, trash-talking from the opponent, not to mention the cross continent flights with a three hour time change mixed in.

But last night, in a night where everything was one the line and the Stanley Cup Championship was on the line, the Bruins came out with their best, grittiest, more heartfelt effort of the series.

But for that, Julien is giving all the credit to his players.

“A lot of things that happened in our dressing room were from the players’ ideas. We did a couple of things as coaches but, as we mentioned before game seven against Tampa, some of the guys, [Mark] Recchi and [Shawn] Thornton brought their rings in, they put some pictures up and they decorated the room and they really took charge of those things,” Julien said.

One of those things the leaders of the dressing room took in their hands, was getting Horton to Vancouver, and making him a part of the game-day preparations as he had been all season. Horton is an integral part of the B’s dressing room and his injury in the opening minutes of Game 1, rallied the team and in large part, led them to where they stand today—with the Stanley Cup raised above their heads.

“Our players really wanted him to be here and obviously you know when you’ve got a concussion, flying can be sometimes touchy but our doctors said he was well enough to be able to make the trip,” Julien said.

“And guys came to me this morning and said ‘we’d like Nathan to be in our dressing room right from the get-go and be part of our preparation for this game’ and he really wanted to be part of it.”

But after the emotional lift of Horton’s presence in the locker room, it was time to play hockey. Julien wanted him team to focus on the small picture, the single game, the single period, the single shift.

“It wasn’t ours to have,” Julien said of the Cup.  “It was ours to earn.”

Earn it, they did.




1 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
2 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
3 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
4 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
5 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
6 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
7 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
8 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48


P. Bergeron 73 21 31 2 52
L. Eriksson 73 19 23 0 42
D. Hamilton 72 10 32 -3 42
M. Lucic 73 15 25 10 40
B. Marchand 69 22 17 6 39
C. Soderberg 74 11 27 8 38
R. Smith 73 12 25 8 37
T. Krug 70 12 23 12 35
D. Krejci 39 7 21 7 28
C. Kelly 72 7 20 8 27
N. Svedberg 7 5 1 .919 2.30
T. Rask 29 19 12 .921 2.34
Hallmark Health System
Friendly's - Official Family Restaurant and Ice Cream of the Boston Bruins
Jack Links
NHL Ticket Exchange
Dunkin' Donuts Ultimate Bruins Experience Sweepstakes   AMI Graphics   Geico - Aim for savings

Click the instant ticket and enter to win Second Chance Drawings