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Bruins sign Julien to multi-year extension

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  September 4, 2009 10:27 AM

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Claude Julien, the reigning winner of the Jack Adams Award, has signed a multi-year extension to continue serving as Bruins coach.

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"Claude has shown a tremendous propensity to get the maximum results out of our team," general manager Peter Chiarelli said today. "To me, he's a guy who can connect. He's a roll-up-your-sleeves type of guy that connects with the players. He commands the respect that a coach needs to get to be successful while maintaining a common-sense, humble approach."

Last season, his second in Boston, Julien led the Bruins to an Eastern Conference-leading 116 points and became the third coach in franchise history to win the Jack Adams Award. The Bruins were defeated by the Carolina Hurricanes in seven games in the second round of the playoffs. It was their first Eastern Conference semifinals berth since 1999.

In his first season, the Bruins lost to Montreal, a team Julien previously coached, in seven games in the first round.

"It's important to feel the confidence of the people behind me -- Mr. [Jeremy] Jacobs and the upper management," Julien said. "It means a lot to me."

In his two seasons with the Bruins, Julien has compiled a 94-48-22 record in 164 games (.640 win percentage).

Julien, 49, was named the 28th head coach in team history on June 21, 2007, joining the franchise after 10 years of coaching experience at the junior hockey, AHL and NHL levels in addition to a 12-year professional playing career.

He has coached 402 games for the Bruins, Canadiens and New Jersey Devils in his NHL career while posting a 213-134-10-45 record (.598 win percentage).

Julien coached his first full NHL season in Montreal in 2003-04, leading the Canadiens to their best record in a decade with 93 points and guiding them to a first round upset victory over the Bruins in the 2004 playoffs.

“We’re very happy he’s in the mix for years to come, and I look forward to working with him,” Chiarelli said.

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