Coach Julien's Playing Statistics
Claude Julien returns on All-Star Weekend to the city where he began his NHL coaching career, riding high as the head coach of a Boston Bruins team that has been on a steep, upward trajectory ever since he took over its reins prior to the 2007-08 season.
Named the 28th head coach in Bruins history on June 21, 2007, Julien took over a team that had missed the playoffs while failing to play .500 hockey in its two previous seasons. By installing a disciplined system that placed a premium on defensive responsibility, Julien guided the 2007-08 Bruins to a 41-29-12 record and the club's first postseason berth since 2003-04. This season, Julien's tutelage has proven even more effective as Boston burst out of the gate 29-7-4 for the franchise' best 40-game start since 1929-30. The Bruins' best-in-the-conference record earned Julien his first NHL All-Star coaching nod.
"He's always had success by implementing a disciplined and a hard system," Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said. "And by a hard system, I mean it's aggressively executed.''
Julien has been a winning coach at every stop of his career. That career began with four seasons as head coach of Hull of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, during which Julien's teams compiled a 145-118-19 record, made the playoffs all four seasons and captured the Memorial Cup in 1997.
The Canadiens recognized the young talent in their neighborhood and hired Julien to coach their AHL farm team in Hamilton, which went 98-77-19-11 under him. With Hamilton 33-6-3-3 and Julien on his way to a share of AHL Coach of the Year honors, Montreal promoted him to take over the Canadiens midway through the 2002-03 season. In his only full season behind the Montreal bench, Julien led the Canadiens to their best record in 10 years (93 points) and a first-round upset of Boston in the playoffs.
He was hired by New Jersey in 2006 and guided the 2006-07 Devils to a 47-24-8 record and first-place standing in the Atlantic Division through 79 games.
Before becoming a coach, Julien enjoyed a 12-year professional career as a defenseman at the IHL, CHL, AHL and NHL levels. He played 14 career NHL games -- recording one assist and 25 penalty minutes over two seasons with the Quebec Nordiques in 1984-85 and 1985-86.
Julien also 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.