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Claude Julien
Head Coach

Claude Julien is in his seventh season behind the Boston bench, having been named the 27th head coach in team history on June 21, 2007. Only Nashville's Barry Trotz (16 years) and Detroit's Mike Babcock (nine years) have been behind the bench of their current teams longer than Julien.

The reciprocal respect between he and his players and the belief and trust each has in the other has built throughout his tenure behind the Boston bench and culminated under his tutelage in 2011 with the club's first Stanley Cup championship since 1972 and in 2013 with a return to the Stanley Cup Final.

The Bruins have never amassed fewer than 91 points in any of his five full years behind the bench (excluding the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season). He won the Jack Adams Trophy as the league's top coach in 2008-09 after guiding the club to 53 wins and 116 points, which was the top record in the Eastern Conference that season and were the third-best totals in team history. He also earned NHL Coach of the Year honors from The Sporting News.

His regular season record in six years behind the Boston bench stands at 256-146-56 with a .620 win percentage in that span. He currently ranks third all-time on the club's games coached list and is second all-time in wins.

His teams have advanced to the playoffs in each of his years behind the Boston bench and have gone on to at least second-round play in four of the last five post-seasons. He holds the club career coaching record for playoff games won at 50 and Boston's 54 games played over the last three post-seasons are ten games more than the next team (Los Angeles, 44) over that span.

Julien began his coaching career in 1996 with the Hull Olympiques of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and he led that team for four seasons, compiling a 141-109-16 record and .560 win percentage in 266 regular season games. His Hull teams made the playoffs in each of his seasons behind the bench and he won a Memorial Cup championship with the Olympiques in 1996-97.

He then moved to the American Hockey League as Montreal tapped him to lead their top affiliate in Hamilton 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. Hamilton had a 33-6-3-3 record in 45 games in 2002- 03 when he was promoted to Montreal in January of that season and he shared the AHL's Coach of the Year honors that year with current Bruins assistant coach Geoff Ward, who succeeded him behind the Bulldogs bench. Julien was selected also as head coach of the Planet/USA Team at the AHL All-Star Game that season.

Julien coached his first full NHL season in 2003-04, leading the Canadiens to their best record in ten years with 93 points. He was named the head coach in New Jersey on June 13, 2006 and he compiled a 47-24-8 record for 102 points and a first place standing in the Atlantic Division in 79 games in 2006-07 before he was replaced behind the Devils bench.

He has coached at the international level, winning a Bronze medal as head coach of Team Canada at the 2000 World Junior Championship and a Silver medal as an assistant coach for Team Canada in the 1999 World Juniors. He served as an assistant coach for Team Canada in the 2006 World Championships and will serve in that same capacity for Team Canada at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

Julien enjoyed a 12-year professional career as a defenseman at the IHL, CHL, AHL and NHL levels. He played 14 career NHL games with one assist and 25 penalty minutes over two seasons with the Quebec Nordiques in 1984-85 and 1985-86. He had 246 points in 469 career American Hockey League games with Fredericton, Baltimore, Halifax and Moncton.

Julien and his wife Karen have a daughter, Katryna Chanel, and son, Zachary.


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