The Bruins this afternoon announced that Doug Jarvis, the former Canadiens center who holds the NHL record for most consecutive games played (964), has been named an assistant coach on Claude Julien’s staff.
“I want to tell you how thrilled we are to have Doug Jarvis join our staff,” said Julien during a conference call. “I think when the job became available, the one thing we wanted to do was replace some of the experience we lost with Craig Ramsay. Having known Doug for a while, having worked with him briefly in Montreal, his experience in coaching and playing was very valuable in our decision-making.”
Jarvis, 55, a four-time Cup winner with the Habs (1976, ’77, ’78 and ’79), moves into a coaching spot vacated by Craig Ramsay, who recently was named top bench boss of the Atlanta Thrashers.
Jarvis, who joins Doug Houda and Geoff Ward as assistants here in the Hub, will be the club’s ”eye-in-the-sky” coach, assessing the club’s play from the press box each night, then hustling to the dressing room between periods to share his observations and impart wisdom.
Jarvis, fired by Montreal after 2008-09, was out of hockey last season.
“I missed being close to the game,” said Jarvis. “Having been in it for a number of years as a player and coach, I think I missed the coaching aspect. I missed the teaching that goes with coaching — helping and sharing with players my experience and assisting in their development. I was quite excited when this opportunity came along.”
For the past fives seasons, Jarvis was as an associate coach with the Canadiens, and worked part of the 2005-06 season with Julien as the top man behind the Habs bench. He also coached the Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL) for two seasons and was an assistant coach for the NHL’s Stars for 14 years, in both Minneapolis and Dallas.
Jarvis, who played his last NHL game with the Hartford Whalers in 1987-’88, also played 3 1/2 seasons with the Washington Caps.