Former Colorado Avalanche head coach Joe Sacco, a native of Medford, has joined the Boston Bruins as an assistant coach. Sacco spent last season as an assistant with the Buffalo Sabres.
Sacco went 130-134-40 with the Avalanche from 2009-13, and was a Jack Adams finalist in 2010, when he led Colorado to a 95-point season and a first-round loss to San Jose in the NHL Playoffs. The Avs fired him last spring after a lackluster 16-25-7 lockout-shortened campaign, and three seasons of not making the postseason. His four seasons at the helm were just short of Bob Hartley’s franchise-leading stint (fired during his fifth season) as head coach in Colorado.
Sacco played for five teams in his NHL career (Toronto Maple Leafs, Anaheim Mighty Ducks, New York Islanders, Washington Capitals, and Philadelphia Flyers), scoring 94 goals with 119 assists. The Maple Leafs drafted Sacco out of Boston University in the fourth round (71st overall) of the 1987 NHL Entry Draft.
The 45-year-old Sacco also served two years as an assistant coach in the AHL with the Lowell Lock Monsters (2004-05) and the Albany River Rats (2006-07) before becoming a head coach for the Lake Erie Monsters (2007-09).
Former Bruins assistant coach Geoff Ward resigned last month to take a new job as head coach of the Mannheim Eagles of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga in Germany.