Bruins’ head coach Claude Julien has been named an associate coach for Team Canada in the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Mike Babcock of the Detroit Red Wings will serve as the head coach, while Julien, St. Louis’ Ken Hitchcock, and Dallas’ Lindy Ruff will serve as his assistants.
Julien has served as the Bruins head coach for the past six seasons, winning 256 games, the second most of any coach in Bruins history. The Bruins have made the playoffs in every season of Julien’s tenure, including three division titles, two Prince of Wales trophies as the Eastern Conference champions, and the 2011 Stanley Cup championship, the franchise’s first in 39 years.
Julien previously served on Canadian coaching staffs on four occasions: as an assistant coach at the 2006 IIHF World Championship; winning a bronze medal as head coach of Canada’s National Junior Team at the 2000 IIHF World Junior Championship; a silver medal as an assistant coach at the 1999 IIHF World Junior Championship; and a gold medal as head coach of Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team at the 1997 Three Nations Cup.
Team Canada is looking to win their second straight Olympic Gold Medal, after winning at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, in which they defeated the United States 3-2 in overtime in the gold medal game, with Sidney Crosby scoring the medal-clinching goal.