"Yeah, if I gauge myself on past experience, it will be the same for me to hold back that emotion as much as I can because it really does touch you and touch your heart," said Julien after the B's first morning skate of the 2011-12 season. "I'm going to have to do the same thing I'm telling my players to do. You know, turn the page and get ready to focus and then coach the best game I can coach, so it's no different."
But Julien does see tonight as different from the rest of the summer of Stanley.
"We've used the word 'blur,' but it hasn't been necessarily a blur," he said. "We know what we accomplished, but it really hasn't had the hype...that tonight will have.
"When you kind of relive through video, through the banner, and seeing the Cup again, it really hits home and we got our rings the other day so it's already kind of started a little bit.
"We're pretty amazed at what we received as a gift, it was outstanding. So you know, tonight will be...the completion of what started a couple of days ago," he said.
However, in a way Julien and his coaching staff hope that tonight also marks the continuation of what the B's established last June. Asked about his approach to what will surely be an emotionally charged pregame ceremony, Julien said his first task was to challenge his group to turn the page.
"Not only is it the banner raising, but it's the first regular season game, it's in our building and how important is it to us to do the best we can to win this hockey game," he said. "We understand that.
"Let's not pretend here that there's no emotion in raising the banner and reliving what's happened but you know I think this is what will be the final step of what we need to do as a team. As soon as that banner raising ceremony is over we really need to turn the page for good and it's got to be done quickly.
"As far as I'm concerned, our fans and the city of Boston can celebrate this as long as they want because they deserve it and they are entitled to it, but we as a team have a job to do and that's to start all over again," he said.