July 23, 2012

Bruins, Julien agree to multi-year contract extension

By Jesse Connolly

After guiding Boston to their fifth consecutive playoff appearance, Claude Julien was set to enter the final year of his current contract in 2012-13. That changed on Monday afternoon.

GM Peter Chiarelli announced that the Bruins had agreed to a new multi-year extension with their bench boss. Terms, as always, were undisclosed. 

Julien, named the 28th head coach in Bruins history on June 21, 2007, led Boston to the club’s first Stanley Cup Championship in 39 years in 2011, following a 4-0 victory over the Vancouver Canucks in Game 7. In five seasons behind the B’s bench, Julien has led the club to an overall
record of 228-132-50 (.617 win percentage). His 410 Bruins games coached rank third all-time in club history and he is fourth all-time in Boston wins, trailing only Art Ross (361), Milt Schmidt (245) and Don Cherry (231).

During his tenure, Julien’s registered a career playoff record of 36-27 (.571 win percentage) to rank first all-time among B’s bench bosses in post-season victories.

The last person to coach the B's for six or more consecutive seasons was Milt Schmidt, who was behind the bench for seven years from 1954 to 1961 before returning for two other stints as head coach.

Jesse Connolly can be reached at jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JesseNEHJ.