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Bruins hire Joe Sacco as assistant coach 07.24.14 at 10:52 am ET
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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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Geoff Ward leaving Bruins to coach in Germany 06.19.14 at 12:55 pm ET
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Bruins assistant coach Geoff Ward has resigned and is leaving the NHL, the Bruins announced Thursday.

Ward, who was responsible for the team’€™s power play, is headed to Germany to become the head coach of the Mannheim Eagles of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga.

Ward had been with the Bruins for seven years, joining the team when Claude Julien was brought in. Despite the power play’€™s struggles over the years, Ward was responsible for a very productive Bruins group that finished with the third-best power play efficiency in the NHL.

If Ward’€™s new team sounds familiar to Bruins fans, it should. Dennis Seidenberg spent the 2012-13 playing for the Mannheim Eagles with his brother, Yannic.

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