Claude Julien is in his tenth season behind the Boston bench, having been named the 27th head coach in team history on June 21, 2007. He is the longest tenured coach with his current team in the NHL.
He became Boston's all-time coaching wins leader with a 5-4 overtime victory in Florida on Mar. 7, 2016, passing the legendary Art Ross with his 388th regular season win behind the Boston bench. He earned his 500th NHL coaching victory with a 4-2 win in Minnesota on Feb. 13 of last season.
The Bruins have amassed over 100 points in four of his eight full (non-lockout shortened) years behind the bench, including the third- and fourth-best regular seasons in team history with 54 wins and 117 points in 2013-14 and 53 victories and 116 points in 2008-09. The Bruins were the top team in the Eastern Conference in each of those seasons and won the President's Trophy with the league's best overall mark in 2013-14.
He won the Jack Adams Trophy as the league's top coach in 2008-09 and also earned NHL Coach of the Year honors from The Sporting News that season.
His regular season record in nine years behind the Boston bench stands at 393-223-88 with a .621 win percentage in that span. He currently ranks third all-time on the club's games coached list.
His teams have advanced to the playoffs in seven of his nine years behind the Boston bench and the Bruins have gone on to at least second-round play in five of the last eight post-seasons. He holds the club career coaching record for playoff games won at 57.
The reciprocal respect between he and his players and the belief and trust each has in the other has built throughout his tenure behind the Boston bench and culminated under his tutelage in 2011 with the club's first Stanley Cup championship since 1972 and in 2013 with a return to the Stanley Cup Final.
Julien began his coaching career in 1996 with the Hull Olympiques of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and he led that team for four seasons, compiling a 141-109-16 record and .560 win percentage in 266 regular season games. He led Hull to the Memorial Cup championship in 1996-97.
He then moved to the American Hockey League as Montreal tapped him to lead their top affiliate in Hamilton in 2000. He coached the Bulldogs for two-plus seasons with a 98-77-19-11 record and .551 win percentage in 205 AHL games. Hamilton had a 33-6-3-3 record in 45 games in 2002-03 when he was promoted to Montreal in January of that season. He shared the AHL's Coach of the Year honors in 2002-03 and was also selected as head coach of the Planet/USA Team at the AHL All-Star Game.
Julien coached his first full NHL season in 2003-04, leading the Canadiens to their best record in ten years with 93 points. He was named the head coach in New Jersey on June 13, 2006 and he compiled a 47-24-8 record for 102 points and a first place standing in the Atlantic Division in 79 games in 2006-07 before he was replaced behind the Devils bench.
He has coached at the international level, winning a Bronze medal as head coach of Team Canada at the 2000 World Junior Championship and a Silver medal as an assistant coach for Team Canada in the 1999 World Juniors. He served as an assistant coach for Team Canada in the 2006 World Championships in addition to serving in that same capacity for Gold medalist Team Canada at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
Julien enjoyed a 12-year professional career as a defenseman at the IHL, CHL, AHL and NHL levels. He played 14 career NHL games with one assist and 25 penalty minutes over two seasons with the Quebec Nordiques in 1984-85 and 1985-86. He had 246 points in 469 career American Hockey League games with Fredericton, Baltimore, Halifax and Moncton.
Julien and his wife Karen have three children, daughters Katryna Chanel and Madyson, and son Zachary.