The Bruins on Thursday announced the hire of Medford native Joe Sacco as an assistant coach.
Sacco, who was the head coach of the Avalanche from 2009-13, will replace Geoff Ward, who departed the B’s this offseason for a head coaching job in Germany.
Last season Sacco served as an assistant coach for the Sabres but was let go after the season. As Avalanche head coach, he was a Jack Adams  finalist in the 2009-10 season.
Prior to his NHL  coaching career, Sacco coached in the AHL as an assistant for the Lowell Lock Monsters and Albany River Rats before serving as the head coach of the Lake Erie Monsters from 2007-09.
Sacco played 738 games in the NHL  after being a fourth-round pick of the Maple Leafs in the 1987 draft. He played his college hockey at Boston University and went on to spend 13 seasons in the NHL  between the Leafs, Mighty Ducks, Islanders, Capitals and Flyers.
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