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Head Coach Claude Julien Signed to Multi-year Contract

by Dyan LeBourdais / Boston Bruins
In a press conference held Friday morning, Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli made an announcement that was forgone conclusion to many.

“I’d like to announce today signing to a contract extension of Claude Julien, our head coach, to a multi-year contract,” said Chiarelli to the assembled media in the TD Garden. “Claude [Julien] has shown a tremendous propensity to get the maximum results out of our team.”

Coach Julien has been the head coach of the Boston Bruins since June 21, 2007. In the last two seasons, he has guided the team to reach the club’s third-highest point total of 116 -- a 40-point increase over the 2006-07 season.

This past season, Julien was awarded the Jack Adams Award, which is awarded to “the head coach who has contributed the most to his team’s success.”

 “To me he’s a guy who can connect,” said Chiarelli. “He’s a roll-up-your-sleeves type of guy that connects with the players.

“I think he commands the respect that a coach needs to be successful, while maintaining a common sense humble approach.”

During the press conference, Coach Julien took the opportunity to thank the Jacobs family and Peter Chiarelli for the opportunity to continue his career as head coach.

“Well first of all, I think I’d like to thank the Jacobs family and obviously Peter [Chiarelli] for showing the confidence in me and allowing me to continue to work here,” said Julien. “There’s no doubt this is where I want to be.

“This is where I wanted to continue to be and to get the occasion to continue to do what we’ve been doing these last few years, that’s improving, is exactly what I want to keep doing with this hockey club.”

And expectations this season are high.

“This year people expect us to be one of the elite teams so there is no doubt you [will not] catch teams that are not prepared to play or aren’t motivated to play,” said Julien.

“That means we need to be that much better.”

But in order to keep improving, he will enforce a few changes.

“Our forecheck and [continuing] that pressure on the offense is one thing we’d like to improve this year,” said Julien.

”You’ve got to play the whole game,” he said. ”Maintain that standard and that level of play that we had last year and that in itself will be a tough task.”

Tough task or not, Coach Julien said his coaching techniques are ever evolving. He has even seen an improvement in himself from year to year since joining the Bruins organization two years ago.

“I think you learn all the time and you continue to learn. I think I’m a better coach today than I was two years ago and so on and so forth,” said Julien, “but the one thing that Peter [Chiarelli] alluded to that is, you learn to deal with situations as the year goes on and its about managing and getting a sense of where your team is and what it needs.

“It’s about pushing on the pedal and maybe stepping back at times and knowing when to do those kinds of things and managing players individually and you always improve year after year in that area,” he said.

As for this season, the excitement is starting build as new and old players alike start to come back.

“There is no doubt you get excited this time of year as players start filtering in,” he said.

“With the way the season ended last year, we’re still very hungry and we want to accomplish more.

“I’m looking forward to getting the ball rolling,” said Julien. “Preparation is one thing that you have to do, but being in the thick of things is where you enjoy being.”

So once the season begins, Julien’s adrenaline will be pumping.

“I think just the adrenaline of getting up in the morning and coming to the rink and going through the process on game days is without a doubt extremely exciting,” said Julien.
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