|Joe Sacco was hired by the Boston Bruins as assistant coach on July 24, 2014.|
Sacco, who is from Medford, Mass., and played collegiately at Boston University, replaced Geoff Ward on Bruins coach Claude Julien's staff.
Prior to be hired by Boston, Sacco was an assistant coach with the Buffalo Sabres for the 2013-14 season after spending the previous four seasons as the coach of the Colorado Avalanche. Colorado went 130-134-40 under Sacco, who was a Jack Adams Award finalist after the 2009-10 season, the only time he got the Avalanche into the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Sacco’s 43 wins were the second most by a rookie head coach in Avalanche franchise history, just one shy of Bob Hartley’s 44 victories in 1998-99. The Avs were 10-1-2 in their first 13 games under Sacco, which tied him for the second-best record through the first 13 games as a head coach in NHL history.