BOSTON, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has named Doug Jarvis as an assistant coach. Jarvis will serve as the club’s third assistant coach, joining Doug Houda and Geoff Ward.
The 55-year-old Jarvis spent four seasons behind the bench as an associate coach for the Montreal Canadiens, from 2005-2009, helping lead the Habs to three playoff appearances during his tenure, including the Eastern Conference’s best regular season record in 2007-08. He served part of the 2005-06 season under former Canadiens Head Coach/ current Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien. Prior to taking a spot behind the Canadiens bench, he was the head coach of Montreal’s AHL affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs, for two full seasons from 2003-2005. As the head coach of Hamilton, he posted a 79-54-10-17 record.
Before joining the Montreal organization, Jarvis served as an assistant coach with the Stars organization for 14 seasons from 1988-2002, staying with the organization after their move from Minnesota to Dallas. There, he won the Stanley Cup with the Stars in 1999, the first of his coaching career and fifth overall.
As a player, Jarvis enjoyed a 13-year career in the NHL and won four Stanley Cups with Montreal in his first four seasons in the league (1976, 1977, 1978 and 1979). Although he was originally drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round (24th overall) in the 1975 NHL Entry Draft, he was traded to the Canadiens in exchange for Greg Hubrick before ever suiting up for the Leafs. Jarvis skated with Montreal, the Washington Capitals and the Hartford Whalers during his NHL career, and collected the Frank J. Selke Trophy in 1984 as the NHL’s best defensive forward and the Bill Masterton Trophy in 1987 for exemplifying the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to the sport of hockey.
Jarvis is the current NHL record holder for consecutive games played with 964 straight contests, played between 1975 and 1987. The 964 games represent his career total, as he never missed a game during his time in the NHL. The Brantford, Ontario native netted a career high 20 goals during the 1981-1982 campaign with Montreal and went on to compile a 139-264=403 line for his career.
He also skated in 89 career NHL playoff games with the Canadiens from 1975-1984, while putting up 14-24=38 totals to go along with 34 penalty minutes. He then added another 16 postseason matches while playing with the Whalers from 1985-1987, registering three assists and eight penalty minutes in those contests.