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Bruins hire Cassidy, Pandolfo as assistant coaches

Additions to join Julien's staff; Jarvis not returning

by @NHL /

Retired NHL players Bruce Cassidy and Jay Pandolfo were hired as assistant coaches by the Boston Bruins on Tuesday.

Cassidy and Pandolfo will join coach Claude Julien and assistants Joe Sacco and Bob Essensa. Bruins general manager Don Sweeney also announced that Doug Jarvis, who was an assistant coach this season, will not return.

Cassidy, 50, spent the past five seasons as coach of Providence of the American Hockey League. He went 207-128-45 in 380 games, which included winning seasons in all five years and a postseason berth in each of the past four seasons, and was an assistant coach in Providence from 2008-11. Cassidy was Washington Capitals coach from 2002-04, leading them to a 47-45-9-6 record in 107 games, and an assistant with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2005-06.

Cassidy played five seasons as a defenseman for the Blackhawks (1985-90). He also played in Italy and Germany. 

Pandolfo, 41, spent two seasons as the Bruins director of player development, helping drafted prospects at the AHL, junior hockey and college levels. He played 15 seasons in the NHL with the Bruins, New York Islanders and New Jersey Devils.

Paul Whissel was hired as Bruins director of sports performance and rehab.

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