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Championship Camaraderie

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins -- Last season’s Boston Bruins had one very unique quality: when backed against a wall, they fought back ferociously, bringing their very best play to the ice.

It’s a quality that Bruins Assistant Coach Doug Jarvis says won them the Cup.

“One of the very unique things that I found with this team, this year, it seemed like whenever we hit a tough patch we really responded as a group to get over it quickly,” Jarvis said. “And I think that really paid dividends, especially when we got into the playoffs.”

Something else that Jarvis says paid dividends for the Stanley Cup Champions? Their leader on the bench, Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien. Much like the men he coaches, Jarvis said, Julien’s drive and determination never wavered, not even when the team was down two games in the Stanley Cup Final.

Julien steered the scrappy B’s in the perfect direction, Jarvis pointed out.

“I think he brought, certainly, a tremendous amount of focus on what our goal was this year and he never wavered from that,” Jarvis said. “And his demeanor was very calm through the high points and the low points because he had to focus as to where we were going as a team and how we were developing, he saw it coming along.

“As I said, once we hit the playoffs we were a team that was ready to move and make things happen.”

Saying the Bruins “made things happen” is maybe an understatement about a season that saw Lord Stanley’s trophy return to Boston for the first time in 39 years. Winning the Cup is no small feat, and it takes a special group to lift hockey’s ultimate prize. 

Backing up that special group of players is an organization just as dedicated and committed to the cause. And no one is more committed than the coaches, who work tirelessly to prepare their players for competition. Jarvis said the Bruins coaches are just as tight-knit as the rest of the B’s roster, making it even easier to impart their wisdom onto the men in Black & Gold.

“It's great working with, being able to work right on the ice with the team and with the players,” Jarvis said, “and hopefully share the experience that has been a part of my playing career and coaching career with the guys.”

It’s clear that Jarvis’  coaching paid off, guiding the Bruins to a Cup victory that resonated throughout the City of Boston for the rest of the summer. But Jarvis continues to attribute the team’s success to a much bigger concept- a true camaraderie.

“I think the team itself, I think with the character of our team and the chemistry, they were really a group that played for each other,” Jarvis said.

“You need to have that to have success and that's what we had.”

---Elizabeth Traynor
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