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The Sporting News names Julien as NHL Coach of the Year

Posted By Joe Haggerty On May 19, 2009 @ 9:47 am In General | 2 Comments

Boston Bruins [1] coach Claude Julien [2], who guided the Boston Bruins to the top of the Eastern Conference standings this season, has been named NHL [3] Coach of the Year by The Sporting News in a vote by 39 coaches and executives from throughout the league.

Julien, whose team posted a 53-19-10 record and 116 points in his second season at the B’s helm, molded the Bruins into a league power by instituting a more offensive style with his normal defensive system — and also impletemented an effective blueprint for dealing with players.

“When things are going well, he doesn’€™t mess them up,” goalie Tim Thomas [4] said. “He knows how to step back and let go. But if he sees something he wants to do better, he also lets it be known.”

Julien is also considered a leading candidate for the Jack Adams [5] Award given to the NHL’s top coach at the NHL [6] Awards Show at the Palms Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on June 18.

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