Julien honored by former junior hockey club


Julien honored by former junior hockey club

Claude Julien has won a Jack Adams award, a Memorial Cup anda Stanley Cup in a hockey coaching career thats become something truly specialin Boston, andhell get another honor this week.

Julien has been in the Bostonarea lending his time to Bruins Foundation charity events and watching theyoung Providence Bruins skate while waiting for the lockout to end, but theBruins coach is doing something a little different this week.

Julien is returning to Gatineau, Quebecon Wednesday to be honored where his coaching career got started in the juniorranks. Julien will watch a banner in his honor get raised to the rafters at theRobert Guertin Centre, home of the Gatineau Olympiques, before mingling with fansfor pictures and autographs.

Julien won the President Cup and the Memorial Cup in 1997during his first year as head coach of the Olympiques, and from there embarkedon a career thats seen him win consistently with the Hamilton Bulldogs,Montreal Canadiens, New Jersey Devils and the Bruins.

He won two medals with Team Canada at the World JuniorChampionship, the Silver medal in 1999 as an assistant coach and the BronzeMedal in 2000 as the head coach.

Julien also won the President Cup in 1995 asone of the assistant coaches of the Olympiques. In 266 games behind the benchof the Hull Olympiques, Julien finished with a 141-109-16 record before movingto the AHL pro ranks with Hamilton.

Last season Julien hit a pair of milestones with the Bruinsreaching his 200th career win and coaching in his 400th careergame behind the Bostonbench.

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

BOSTON -- With three crushing losses in a row at a time when results are really all that matters, the Boston Bruins are reeling at the wrong time during the regular season. The B’s tried their best to win a game 0-0 with strong defense against a sleepy Chicago Blackhawks bunch on Friday night, but ultimately coughed up a Marian Hossa goal in the final minutes for a 1-0 regulation loss at TD Garden.

The defeat continued a swirl downward for the Black and Gold over the last week, and was a second straight shutout loss on home ice for the first time in almost 15 years. The losing stretch has also kicked up the chatter that Claude Julien is in trouble as head coach of the Bruins, and the hockey club’s underperformance up and down the lineup is ultimately going to cost the NHL’s longest tenured bench boss his job.

The Ottawa Senators have passed the Bruins in the Atlantic Division, and it’s only a matter of time before the Toronto Maple Leafs move by them as well with both Toronto and Ottawa holding six games in hand on Boston. Combine all of this with the B’s having missed the playoffs in each of the previous two seasons leading into this one, and it shouldn’t be at all surprising that Julien is squarely on the coaching hot seat.

The B’s bench boss was asked about his job security after the Chicago loss, and clearly didn’t appreciate the tough, but appropriate question.

“Well, I’m not into shock-journalism,” said Julien in a prideful tone. “So I’ll stay away from that question if you don’t mind.”

The Bruins posted their Saturday schedule shortly after Julien and the B’s players had addressed the media following the loss, and sure enough the embattled coach is scheduled to address the media post-practice as part of the regular practice day routine. So it doesn’t seem that a move with Julien is imminent this weekend despite another loss, but both the coach and the players know something is going to happen to shake things up with this team if they continue to struggle.

“Right now it’s a results based situation, so if you’re going to keep losing games then probably something’s going to happen,” said Torey Krug. “But right now we’re just pretty down emotionally after this game, so I don’t want to look at the big picture. I just [want to] focus on what’s going on in this room, and hopefully we can come back with a good effort the next game.”

A good effort might help Julien’s standing with the Bruins in the short term, but it’s impossible to imagine the B’s bench boss making it through the rest of the Bruins regular season given all of things working against him right now.