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Changing his Stripes

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
Boston, MA -- Doug Jarvis is a Bruin?

Jarvis with Montreal.
Yep, and Jarvis, once a thorn in the side of the B's as a Montreal Canadien player and coach is thrilled to be in Black & Gold.

"I consider it a real privilege to have the opportunity to join an organization with such a great hockey history and tradition as the Boston Bruins," he said via conference call on Wednesday. "I am very much looking forward to becoming a part of the hockey staff in Boston."

Jarvis, who 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), sees a Bruins team on the rise.

"Having coached against the team, not last year but the two previous years, I certainly have seen a team that has great discipline and a lot of structure within it," said Jarvis, who won the Stanley Cup with the Dallas Stars in 1999, the first of his coaching career and fifth overall.

"[In Boston] I've seen a team in its development, a team that is on the move and I think that it’s established itself as a strong contender to pursue the Stanley Cup."

Thanks to his own success in the playoffs, both on-and-off the ice, Jarvis' opinion matters.

"The one thing that we wanted to do was be able to replace some of the experience we had lost with Craig Ramsay," said Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien. "Having known Doug for a while and worked with him briefly in Montreal, I think his experience in coaching and also playing was very valuable in our decision-making.

"When he showed some interest in wanting to join our staff, I think it was something that really excited us because of all of those reasons," continued Julien. "He’s going to blend in...perfectly. He’s got that personality and I think it will be a smooth transition.

"There is a lot of great coaching out there, but there are certain coaches that you have real good chemistry with and you like what you see with knowledge or work ethic, and Doug fit into that category."

Work ethic. Beyond baseball's legendary Cal Ripken, Jr., not many could say that they had a better work ethic than Jarvis, who is hockey's own "iron man."

The new Bruins assistant is also the current NHL record holder for consecutive games played with 964 straight contests all played between 1975 and 1987. The 964 games represent his career total, as he never missed a game during his time in the NHL.

For Jarvis,  the experience and knowledge is also there in spades. As a player, 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.

After he retired as a player, Jarvis served as an assistant coach with the Stars organization for 14 seasons from 1988-2002, and remained with the organization after their move from Minnesota to Dallas. Jarvis was the head coach of Montreal’s AHL affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs, for two full seasons from 2003-2005 and posted a 79-54-10-17 record.

Jarvis then 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, as well as the Eastern Conference’s best regular season record in 2007-08.  He served part of the 2005-06 season under former Canadiens Head Coach and current B's bench boss Claude Julien.

Now, with the Bruins, Jarvis will again work Julien and will serve as the B's "eye in the sky" and will help direct the Black & Gold from the press box, while Doug Houda will move to the bench.

"A lot of things that Doug Jarvis is going to do is a lot of the things Doug Houda did last year," said Coach Julien. "It’s working with players...[and] Doug Houda didn’t just work with defensemen he worked with all the players and I think Doug [Jarvis has] got such a good knowledge as far as been a forward and working with D’s in Montreal as well.

"He’s also going to go the pre-scouting for us of other teams that we’ll be playing."

After a season away from the game, Jarvis is happy to be back in hockey.

"I miss being close to the game. Obviously for a number of years I have been as a coach and I think I miss the coaching aspect," said Jarvis. "I miss the teaching and helping and sharing with players experience and assisting in their development and those sorts of things.

"I was quite excited now this opportunity came along."
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