Bruins coach Claude Julien returned to practice with his team at TD Garden Tuesday afternoon and had an extra jump in his step.
After helping Team Canada to the Olympic gold medal as an assistant coach, Julien said he came back from the experience in Sochi, Russia, energized and eager to resume the National Hockey League season.
The Bruins get back to work Wednesday night in Buffalo against the Sabres.
Julien didn’t get a medal for his efforts but he will be rewarded by Hockey Canada down the road in the offseason. He said it was a unique few weeks.
“I just enjoyed the experience, and it was a once-in-a-lifetime kind of thing that you wish everyone could experience at least once,’’ he said. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.