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Julien Likes Lake Placid

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
LAKE PLACID, NY -- Tim Thomas wasn't the only member of the Boston Bruins who was moved by being in Lake Placid's rinks this afternoon.


Brooks. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien also talked about the the "Miracle on Ice" when he spoke to the media on Tuesday afternoon.

"I’m Canadian," Julien reminded reporters. "Still. Pretty proud of what they accomplished.

"We were just talking about that with some of the trainers on the way down.

"I said that I know, as a Canadian, Americans talk a lot about the Miracle on Ice. And I said I’m one of those guys that believes rightfully so," he explained. "When you’ve got a bunch of college kids that do what they accomplished, they should be proud of it, and they can talk about it as long as they want."

Of the hockey accomplishment that Herb Brooks and his team achieved, Julien said, "It was quite a feat, and I was obviously watching that game as well and couldn’t believe what I was seeing.

"It’s a great inspirational story, and sometimes you hope that you can look back on those things and build on it, and I guess believe in what you can accomplish," he said.

Asked about Brooks' belief in team play and the employment of systems, Julien said that the Americans' approach in 1980 can serve as a teaching tool.

"You kind of look at yourself as a coach and [think about] what are you all about. And everybody’s different but I was one of those guys, even as a player, that believed a lot in a system and respecting it," said Julien. "But at the same time, you’ve had coaches growing up, and you’ve had coaches as a player, and you take a little bit of everybody’s book, and try to incorporate that into what you believe in.

"There’s always something to be taken out of someone’s book, especially with what Herb Brooks' accomplished here with a bunch of young guys.

"You’re going to say they [over achieved], and absolutely, but you had to be pretty good to make your players believe in what they were able to do," he said.

And as far as the B's task between now and Thursday night's game, Julien said Boston's trip to Lake Placid was pretty straightforward.

"Like I said earlier in the week, we had a couple of days off, the schedule allowed us to come here, so for our guys it’s a great place to be," he said. "It’s nice, quiet, great history here. I think there’s a great opportunity for us to get some quality practice in, and also get a chance to get a rest.

"There’s a lot of good things about being here in Lake Placid, and we just felt that was the best decision for us at the time," he said.

"Still do." 
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