‘Humbled’ Claude Julien ties Art Ross on Bruins’ all-time wins list

Coach Julien is the longest tenured head coach in the NHL (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Coach Julien is the longest tenured head coach in the NHL (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) –AP/Michael Dwyer

Claude Julien isn’t one to bask in accomplishments, but his latest accolade was hard to ignore.

On Thursday, the ninth-year Bruins coach tied the legendary Art Ross for regular-season coaching wins in team history after the Black and Gold’s 4-2 win over the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.

In his postgame press conference, the longest tenured coach in the NHL today showed an appreciation for the accomplishment and the man he tied with his 387th career regular season victory.

“The thing that comes to mind is humbling,’’ Julien said. “This guy here [Ross] is an icon and a legend, and I don’t have a trophy named after me [laughs], so those are things that are different between Art Ross and myself.’’

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Through all the scrutiny of his job security during his nine years in Boston, Julien is on the brink of Bruins history. He’ll get his first chance at win No. 388 on Saturday night when the Bruins host the league-leading Washington Capitals at TD Garden.

“The fact that I’ve avoided being fired for the last nine years helped [me] get that many wins here,’’ Julien added. “So I just feel fortunate, and most of all, I feel humbled by that achievement.’’

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