Claude Julien releases first statement since being fired by Bruins
|02.09.17 at 11:12 am ET|
Fired Bruins head coach Claude Julien has broken his silence.
Relieved of his duties early Tuesday morning after a decade in town, Julien released a statement acknowledging the highs of his incredible run with the Black and Gold.
“I would like first and foremost to thank the Bruins Organisation for allowing my family and I the privilege of spending 10 unforgettable years in Boston,” Julien said. “We were proud to call this great city home for so long and will dearly miss it.
“To the players, past and present, medical and equipment staff, doctors and communication staff, all of whom worked hard for the success of our club with a team-first mentality, I cannot thank you enough for your commitment through it all. From the game day security crew to the volunteers that I was fortunate enough to meet throughout the years, I thank you as well.”
Julien, who was the fourth NHL coach fired this season and the third from the Eastern Conference, was fired with a 419-246-94 record in almost 10 full seasons with the Bruins.
“I certainly cannot sign off without thanking the people here that made this time here so rewarding- the Boston Bruins fans. Your devotion, unmistakable passion, energy and support is what makes Boston the best sports city in the entire world!”
Julien’s biggest contribution in town undoubtedly came in 2011, when he helped guide the Bruins to their first Stanley Cup in almost four decades, and brought the Bruins within two wins of another championship in 2013.
“In leaving this organisation, what I’m most happy about and most proud of is being part of the team that brought the Stanley Cup back to Boston for the first time in 39 years,” Julien said. “Sharing that journey and the Stanley Cup celebrations with our players, families, staff and our fans produced so many incredible memories that I will never forget. To all that were part of it and helped along the way, I want to express a heartfelt ‘thank you.'”
Julien was the longest tenured coach at the time of his firing and leaves as the franchise’s all-time winningest coach.