Claude Julien didnt want any fanfare or special recognition when he notched his 400th game coaching the Boston Bruins after he watched his players butcher the Maple Leafs on Monday night.
Julien had previous stints in Montreal and New Jersey that ended with the coach getting fired before he was able to see things through, and he learned his lessons well along the way before arriving in Boston. So while the personal milestone was nice and puts him in the upper tier of coaches within the Bruins organization after five consecutive years of making the playoffs assuming the Bs make it this season Julien wasnt about to stop and smell the flowers mid-stream.
The Bruins just escaped a four-game losing streak before righting the ship with two wins that put them back into second place in the Eastern Conference, and it was much more about the present day for the hockey coach. Perhaps some day when its all over hell ruminate on finally finding a home and winning both a Stanley Cup and a Jack Adams Award in Boston but its about the next challenge awaiting the Bruins on a three-game road trip to the West Coast starting Thursday night in San Jose.
I like more about what the team has accomplished. Were heading into a fifth season here, and my hope is that were in the playoffs, and that would mean that every year weve made the playoffs, said Julien. Id rather look at the team accomplishments and what we do here for the city. Winning the Stanley Cup last year obviously was an unbelievable feeling, but thats what I here for: Im here to try and get the ultimate goal every year.
The personal stuff, I think, is something that you look at more once youre done with your career, and you look back and say, Wow, I didnt realize that Id accomplished that much or had that kind of a winning percentage, But right now I really dont have time to spend on that stuff.
Amazingly Julien tied Don Cherry for third in the Bruins career coaching list with his 400th game, and now only looks up at the amazing Milt Schmidt and Art Ross when it comes to coaching longevity with the Black and Gold. That is some select company.