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Claude Julien excited to coach Winthrop youth hockey team

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  October 26, 2012 10:26 AM

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On Sunday at 2 p.m. at Haverhill Valley Forum, Claude Julien will be back behind the bench. The Bruins coach will lead the Winthrop Squirt B youth hockey team against a yet-to-be-determined opponent.

The team won Julien’s services via a raffle to benefit the Boston Bruins Foundation and Massachusetts hockey.

“It’s one of those situations where you can go and put a lot of smiles on faces,” Julien said. “I’m going to have fun with it. It’s for a great cause, with the money being raised for minor hockey and the Boston Bruins Foundation. Hey, maybe I can get the rust out of my game.”

During the lockout, Julien has been evaluating Providence, scouting Dougie Hamilton and Malcolm Subban, and reviewing video of earlier Bruins games. Julien and his staff are preparing for the lockout’s eventual end and a rapid start to a compressed training camp.

“The goal is to minimize everything as small as possible, not to overwhelm players when it’s time to get back to work,” Julien said. “We’re doing the best we can to prepare for a season that’s probably going to start quickly.”

* As expected, Julien declined to disclose who his starting goalie will be on Sunday.

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