BOSTON -- Claude Julien didn’t immediately know why one of his players handed him a game puck immediately following the B’s 4-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday afternoon.
He soon learned that he had coached in his 500th game with the Bruins, which placed him third all-time in franchise history behind only Art Ross and Milt Schmidt. Julien has put together a record of 284-158-58 over a seven-year period while winning a Cup and qualifying for the playoffs every season.
Julien also owns the all-time franchise record with 86 playoff games coached. Clearly he has already left his mark on the organization as the milestones keep falling for him.
“I had a player give me the puck [after Saturday’s game]," Julien explained, "and I said, 'What are you doing?' He said, 'That’s your puck.' I said, 'What for?' He said, 'It’s your 500th.' I didn’t know what he was talking about, but I guess I just coached my 500th game here with the Bruins, which I found out after the game. But our guys here know better. I don’t really want to know those kind things because they’re not as important as the rest of the job I have to do.
“It’s always nice to be here for that long and like I always say, I hope I can be here for another 500.”
With the Bruins comfortably in first place and headed for their seventh straight playoff and fourth divisional title in the last five years, it certainly seems like a distinct possibility that Julien could be in line for another 500 games behind Boston's bench.