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The residence of Claude Julien has been the Bruins to win the Stanley cup in 2011, their first since 1972.
24 hours of the first game of the Bruins against their former head coach a decade, and the time was over the tributes that back on the bad memories that led to his departure. Approximately eleven months after the firing of Claude Julien, now head of the Canadian, the players of the training bostonaise recalled the impact it has had on their careers.
“It gave me a chance to play and he has been more patient with me than probably the majority of other coaches would have been,” said winger Brad Marchand. We have had many conversations on how to behave, how to be a good player, a good professional.
“He didn’t just see me as a player of the fourth trio. It has given me the chance to play on the second trio with Bergy [Patrice Bergeron], and then on the numerical, then the numerical advantage. He never gave up, even if it would have been easy to do. It has allowed me to develop myself and become a much better player. “
For his part, Bergeron acknowledged that the meeting on Saturday in the face of Canada has a special character. “It’s always special to go back to Montreal and in the province,” said the native of Ancienne-Lorette, 32-years-old. With Claude on the other side, it adds another aspect. I have had very good experiences with him and this is a person that has helped me a lot in my career. “
Bergeron mentioned that the impact of Julian on his career went beyond the time spent in the arenas. “His way of being, replied Bergeron when he was questioned about what he missed from his former coach. He is someone very down to earth. He always wants to help you as a player, but also as an individual. For him, the hockey is one thing, but it goes beyond that. “
If the group of veterans of the Bruins is well aware of the impact that has had Julien on their career, it is rather on the way of play on the rink that you have to look to see what has changed within the team since the departure of Julian on the 7th of February last.
Young people like Charlie McAvoy, Jake DeBrusk and Danton Heinen know the seasons are remarkable and the team plays in the hockey exciting. Before the matches on Friday, the Bruins were second in the Atlantic chapter with a harvest of 53 points in 40 games (23-10-7).
“There are things that I would have perhaps done differently in our area, but that work well for us,” explained head coach Bruce Cassidy when he was asked about the evolution of the team since the departure of Julian. We have tweaked some things, but the basis is the same.
“Offensively, we took a different direction, which I believe reflects the direction in which will NHL teams. We are trying to play with a tempo higher. “
More precisely, Cassidy explained that the recovery was faster and more unpredictable in the objective to destabilize and surprise the opponent. Bergeron has also mentioned that the defensive was more involved in the recovery of the attack.
If the Bruins may have had need of this change of style to be successful in the NHL as of today, the stay of Julien will be all the same allowed the team to win the Stanley cup in 2011, their first since 1972.
“We will always remember him as a winner, said Merchant about the inheritance of Julian on the city of Boston. It was time that we had won the Stanley cup and he helped us to bring it back. This is something that the people of Boston will remember for a long time. “