BOSTON, MA – Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has signed head coach Claude Julien to a multi-year contract extension. Per club policy, terms of the deal will not be disclosed.
Julien, who completed his second season with the Bruins in 2008-09, guided Boston to the Eastern Conference's top record in the regular season, finishing 53-19-10 for 116 points. He was voted the winner of the 2009 Jack Adams Award, which is awarded “to the head coach who has contributed the most to his team’s success,” becoming just the third head coach in Bruin history to capture the award.
The club’s 116 points was the third-highest total in franchise history, a 22-point increase over 2007-08 and 40-point increase over 2006-07. The Bruins ranked second in the NHL in offense with 274 goals, a 68-goal improvement from 2007-08 when they tallied 206, and ranked first in the NHL this year in defense with 196 goals allowed. Julien was also the head coach of the Eastern Conference All-Star team this year, leading the team to a 12-11 shoot-out win. In his two seasons with the Bruins, he has compiled a 94-48-22 record in 164 games (.640 win percentage).
Julien has steered the Bruins into the postseason in both years as head coach, and led the club to their first Eastern Conference Semifinals appearance since 1999 during the ’09 playoffs, before falling to the Carolina Hurricanes.
He was named the 28th head coach in team history on June 21, 2007 and joined the Bruins with ten years of coaching experience at the junior hockey, AHL and NHL levels in addition to a 12-year professional playing career. He has coached 402 games for the Bruins, Montreal Canadiens and New Jersey Devils in his NHL career while posting a 213-134-10-45 record (.598 win percentage).
He 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 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 also was selected as head coach of the Planet/USA Team at the AHL All-Star Game that season.
Julien coached his first full NHL season in Montreal in 2003-04, leading the Canadiens to their best record in ten years with 93 points and also coached them to a first round upset victory over the Bruins in the 2004 playoffs. He was named the head coach of 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 also 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 at the 2006 World Championships. 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.