Fitzgerald Cecilio - 4E Sports Reporter
Boston, MA, United States (4E Sports) - Claude Julien's record as the longest-tenured coach in the NHL is now over after he was fired by the Boston Bruins after 10 years with the team.
The 56-year-old Julien , who took the Bruins coaching reins on June 21, 2007, is Boston's all-time leader in coaching victories with a record of 419-246-94 in 759 games.
Julien led the Bruins to seven Stanley Cup Playoffs and two Stanley Cup finals appearances, winning the Cup in 2011. He also won the Jack Adams Award as the League's top coach in 2008-09, and the Bruins won the Presidents' Trophy in 2014.
However, the Bruins missed the playoffs the past two seasons and are one point out of the second wild card into the playoffs from the Eastern Conference. They are 26-23-6 and have 58 points in 55 games.
"Claude Julien is the all-time winningest coach in Boston Bruins history, and my family and I join Bruins fans in thanking him for the many great memories that have come while he has been behind the Bruins bench," Bruins CEO Charlie Jacobs said.
"As a management team, we set a high standard for ourselves, and I believe that our organization is moving in the right direction towards meeting and exceeding those standards," he added.
Assistant Bruce Cassidy will take over as coach. Cassidy was elevated to an assistant with the Bruins after spending five seasons as coach of Providence in the American Hockey League.
Cassidy, 51, coached the Washington Capitals from 2002-04 and guided the Capitals to a playoff berth in 2002-03. He also served as an assistant under Trent Yawney with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2005-06.
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