Bruce Cassidy is in his first full season behind the Boston bench, having been named the 28th head coach in team history on April 26, 2017. He had served in an interim capacity since February 7, 2017 when Claude Julien was relieved of his coaching duties.
He led the Bruins to an 18-8-1 record over the final 27 games of the 2016-17 regular season, including becoming just the fourth coach in team history to win his first four games behind the bench after a coaching change. The team returned to post-season play, falling to Ottawa in a six-game Round One series, after missing the playoffs in the previous two years.
Cassidy had joined Julien's staff as an assistant coach in Boston on May 24, 2016 following eight seasons in the organization with the Providence Bruins, their top American Hockey League affiliate.
He began in Providence as an assistant coach in 2008 and served in that capacity for three seasons before named as the tenth head coach in that team's history on June 25, 2011. He compiled a 207-128-45 record behind that bench, including the best record in the AHL in 2012-13 at 50-21-5, and his teams made the playoffs in each of his final four seasons.
The native of Ottawa, Ontario was drafted 18th overall by the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round of the 1983 NHL Entry Draft, and played five pro seasons, including 4-13=17 totals in 36 NHL games with the Blackhawks. He then played three seasons in Europe before retiring with the IHL's Indianapolis Ice in 1996 to accept a head-coaching job with Jacksonville of the East Coast Hockey League.
Following two seasons in Jacksonville, Cassidy became head coach of the IHL Indianapolis Ice in 1998-99 and went on to helm the ECHL's Trenton Titans and the Grand Rapids Griffins (IHL/AHL) before being hired as head coach of the Washington Capitals in 2002-03.
The Capitals made the post-season in his first season in Washington and he had an overall record of 47-47-9-7 in 110 games behind their bench.
Cassidy signed with Chicago in June 2004 as an assistant coach, working with the AHL's Norfolk Admirals during the 2004-05 NHL lockout season and then the Blackhawks in 2005-06. He again became a head coach in 2006-07, guiding the OHL's Kingston Frontenacs to a 31-30-7 mark and a trip to the playoffs before joining the Bruins organization as an assistant coach with AHL Providence at the start of the 2008-09 season.
Cassidy and his wife Julie have a daughter, Shannon and son, Cole.