Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli, left, poses with new Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien after presenting him with a team jersey and cap at a news conference in Boston Thursday, June 21, 2007. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
BOSTON, MA - General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that he has named Claude Julien the 28th Head Coach in Boston Bruins history.
Julien, a 47 year-old native of Kanata, Ontario, will be formally introduced to the Boston media today at a 10:30 a.m. ET press conference to be held at the TD Banknorth Garden.
Julien has four years of National Hockey League (NHL) head coaching experience and most recently served as the Head Coach of the New Jersey Devils. In his lone season with New Jersey, he held a record of 47-24-8 before being replaced on April 2, 2007 with three games remaining in the 2006-2007 regular season. At the time he was replaced by the Devils, Julien's club was in first place in the Atlantic Division.
Prior to being named head coach of the Devils, Julien spent three seasons as the Head Coach of the Montreal Canadiens, serving from January 2003 until January of 2006. During his tenure with Montreal, Julien led Montreal to a record of 72-71-16 in 159 games.
Julien has posted a career NHL coaching record of 119-95-24 in the regular season, with a playoff record of four wins and seven losses.
Prior to joining the NHL coaching ranks, Julien spent four seasons with Hull of the QMJHL and three campaigns with Hamilton of the AHL. While with Hamilton, Julien was co-awarded the Louis A. R. Pieri Award as the league's outstanding coach during the 2002-2003 season.
Julien has also coached at the international level, having served as an assistant coach to Team Canada at the 2006 World Championships after he led Team Canada to a Bronze Medal as a head coach at the 2000 World Junior Championships.
A defenseman, Julien's professional playing career spanned 12 seasons from 1981-1992, highlighted by stints with the Quebec Nordiques between 1984-1986. Born April 23, 1960 in Orleans, Ontario, Julien and his wife Karen have a daughter, Katryna Chanel.