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.