Eleven years and one month after he first left the role, Claude Julien was once again named head coach of the Canadiens on February 14, 2017, once again replacing Michel Therrien behind the bench.
A native of Orleans, ON, Julien accomplished a lot in between his two stints in Montreal. After spending one year with the New Jersey Devils, Julien was appointed head coach of the Boston Bruins for the 2007-08 season, where he would coach for almost a decade.
He led the Bruins to a Stanley Cup title in 2011 and reached the Stanley Cup Finals again in 2013. He also led Boston to the President's Trophy in 2013-14 after racking up a league-leading 117 points during the regular season. In 2008-09, Julien claimed the Jack Adams Trophy as the NHL's top bench boss. On March 7, 2016, he reached yet another milestone when he became the winningest coach in Bruins history with his 388th victory. Julien, who earned his 500th career NHL win on February 13, 2016, also holds the Bruins record for most playoff wins with 57. The Bruins relieved Julien of his duties on February 7, 2017.
On the international stage, Julien won gold at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi as an assistant coach for Team Canada. He was also an assistant coach for Canada's winning contingent at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
Just three games into his second tenure with the Canadiens, on February 23, 2017, Julien coached his 1,000th career game at home against the New York Islanders. He coached his 200th game behind the Canadiens bench on November 9, 2017 against the Minnesota Wild.
Julien currently sits 21st on the NHL's all-time games coached list and 16th overall in wins. He also ranks ninth and 10th, respectively, in those categories with the Canadiens.