Former Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien broke his silence two days after he was fired in the midst of his 10th season.
Julien was replaced by assistant Bruce Cassidy on Tuesday. The Bruins (26-23-6) have 58 points, one behind the Philadelphia Flyers for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference, and play the San Jose Sharks at TD Garden on Thursday (7 p.m. ET, SN360, SNW, TVA Sports, NESN, CSN-CA, NHL.TV).
Julien issued the following statement via email:
I would like first and foremost to thank the Bruins Organisation for allowing my family and the privilege of spending 10 unforgettable years in Boston. We were proud to call this great city home for so long and will dearly miss it.
To the players, past and present, medical and equipment staff, doctors and communications staff, all of whom worked hard for the success of our club with a team-first mentality, I cannot thank you enough for your commitment through it all.
From the game day security crew to the volunteers that I was fortunate enough to meet throughout the years, I thank you as well.
I certainly cannot sign off without thanking the people that made this time here so rewarding -- the Boston Bruins fans. Your devotion, unmistakable passion, energy and support is what makes Boston the best sports city in the entire world!
In leaving this organisation, what I'm most happy about and most proud of is being part of the team that brought the Stanley Cup back to Boston for the first time in 39 years. Sharing that journey and the Stanley Cup celebrations with our players, families, staff and our fans produced so many incredible memories that I will never forget. To all that were part of it and helped along the way, I want to express a heartfelt 'thank you.'
Julien was the longest-tenured coach in the NHL. He won the Stanley Cup with Boston in 2011 and reached the Cup Final in 2013. The Bruins made the playoffs in each of Julien's first seven seasons and he won the Jack Adams Award as the League's top coach in 2008-09.
Julien is the Bruins' all-time leader in wins (419-246-94).